March 9, 2011
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Southern Miss senior forward Gary Flowers continues to pick up accolades this week for his play during the 2010-11 season. After earning First Team All-Conference USA and the Howell Trophy on Monday, Flowers picked up First Team National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) All-District honors.
Flowers becomes the second Golden Eagle to earn NABC All-District. Kelly McCarty was named to the second team in 1997-98.
Flowers leads the Golden Eagles with 19.0 points and 7.8 rebounds, good for third and sixth in the league, respectively. He is also fifth in C-USA in blocks with 1.5 and ninth in field goal percentage (476). Earlier this year, Flowers became the fourth fastest, and 35th player overall, to score 1,000 points.
The Dallas, Texas native has scored in double-figures in 28 of 29 games, including 26 straight to end the year. He scored 20-plus points in 13 games, including a career-high 32 against East Carolina on February 19. He also has eight double-doubles on the year, fourth most in Conference USA.
Flowers is joined on the first team by UTEP guard Randy Culpepper, as well as Justin Hurtt of Tulsa, Papa Dia of SMU and UAB's Jamarr Sanders.
The second team is comprised of Memphis' Will Barton, DeAndre Kane of Marshall Rice's Arsalan Kazemi, Kendall Timmons of Tulane and UAB's Aaron Johnson and Cameron Moore.
Southern Miss opens the 2011 Buick Conference USA Tournament later today as the No. 5 seed. They will face No. 12 Tulane in the first round at 2:30 p.m. CT in El Paso, Texas.