HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Southern Miss senior guard Neil Watson was selected to play in the Reese's Division I College All-Star Game, presented by the National Association of Basketball Coaches.
The game will be played this Friday, April 4, at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas at 4:30 p.m. and will air on CBS the following day at 11 a.m. CT.
Watson, a three-year letterwinner, was twice named All-Conference USA, including First Team this year. He finished his career 28th on the school's all-time scoring list with 1,157 points. He is the school's all-time leader in free throw percentage (.852), is second in assists (473), third in three-pointers (164) and steals (160) and ninth in free throws made (335).
"Neil has had an amazing senior year," said Southern Miss head coach Donnie Tyndall. "He shattered many records, helped us win a school-record 29 games and is obviously one of the better seniors in America. We are glad that he will get the opportunity to showcase his skills and compete against the best in the Reese's NABC Division I College All-Star Game."
Watson becomes the third Golden Eagle to participate in the game, joining Randolph Keys (1988) and Neil Reed (1992).
Below are the rosters for the 2014 Reese's Division I College All-Star game:
|Reese's West All-Star Team|
|Coach: Johnny Dawkins, Stanford|
|Davion Berry||6-4/185||G||Weber State||Oakland, Calif.|
|Joe Jackson||6-1/174||G||Memphis||Memphis, Tenn.|
|Neil Watson||5-11/170||G||Southern Mississippi||Kansas City, Mo.|
|Drew Crawford||6-5/215||G||Northwestern||Naperville, Ill.|
|Jaye Crockett||6-7/210||F||Texas Tech||Clovis, N.M.|
|Cameron Clark||6-7/211||F||Oklahoma||Sherman, Texas|
|Cory Jefferson||6-9/220||F||Baylor||Killeen, Texas|
|Shawn Jones||6-8/236||F||Middle Tennessee||Hialeah, Fla.|
|Sam Dower, Jr.||6-9/243||C||Gonzaga||Minneapolis, Minn.|
|Christian Standhardinger||6-4/195||F||Hawaii||Munich, Germany|
|Garrick Sherman||6-11/255||C||Notre Dame||Kenton, Ohio|
|Reese's East All-Start Team|
|Coach: Mark Turgeon, University of Maryland|
|Karvel Anderson||6-2/190||G||Robert Morris||Elkhart, Ind.|
|Langston Hall||6-4/180||G||Mercer||Atlanta, Ga.|
|Markel Starks||6-2/175||G||Georgetown||Accokeek, Md.|
|Pendarvis Williams||6-6/195||G||Norfolk State||Philadelphia, Pa.|
|Dwayne Evans||6-6/230||F||Saint Louis||Bolingbrook, Ill.|
|Will Sheehey||6-7/200||F||Indiana||Stuart, Fla.|
|Juvonte Reddic||6-9/250||F||VCU||Winston-Salem, N.C.|
|Jerrelle Benimon||6-8/245||F||Towson||Warrenton, Va.|
|Halil Kanacevic||6-8/255||F||Saint Joseph's||Staten Island, N.Y.|
|Talib Zanna||6-9/230||C||Pittsburgh||Kaduna, Nigeria|
Reese's Division I All-Star Game Coaches
Johnny Dawkins, Stanford University
In his sixth year at Stanford, Dawkins led the Cardinal to the third round of the NCAA tournament this season with a 23-13 record, which included a second round NCAA upset of Kansas. Dawkins is a member of the NABC board of directors and the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Ethics Coalition. Named one of the 50 greatest players in the history of the Atlantic Coast Conference, Dawkins was a two-time consensus All-America at Duke and the winner of the 1986 Naismith Trophy. He was an assistant coach for Mike Krzyzewski for 11 seasons at Duke.
Mark Turgeon, University of Maryland
Turgeon, who just completed his third season at the University of Maryland, will lead the Terrapins' transition from the ACC to the Big Ten in 2014-15. Prior to moving to Maryland, the two-time Big 12 coach of the year led Texas A&M to four consecutive NCAA tournaments. In seven years as head coach at Wichita State, he guided the Shockers to the NCAA Sweet 16 in 2006. A point guard for Coach Larry Brown at Kansas, Turgeon was the first player in Jayhawks' history to play in four straight NCAA tournaments.
About the National Association of Basketball Coaches
Located in Kansas City, Missouri, the NABC was founded in 1927 by Forrest "Phog" Allen, the legendary basketball coach at the University of Kansas. Allen, a student of James Naismith, the inventor of basketball, organized coaches into this collective group to serve as Guardians of the Game. The NABC currently has nearly 5,000 members consisting primarily of university and college men's basketball coaches. All members of the NABC are expected to uphold the core values of being a Guardian of the Game by bringing attention to the positive aspects of the sport of basketball and the role coaches play in the academic and athletic lives of today's student-athletes. The four core values of being a Guardian of the Game are advocacy, leadership, service and education. Additional information about the NABC, its programs and membership, can be found at NABC.org.
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The Hershey Company (NYSE: HSY) is the largest producer of quality chocolate in North America and a global leader in chocolate and sugar confectionery. Headquartered in Hershey, PA, The Hershey Company has operations throughout the world and more than 12,000 employees. With revenues of nearly $6 billion, Hershey offers confectionery products under more than 25 brand names, including such iconic brands as Hershey's, Reese's, Hershey's Kisses, Hershey's Bliss, Hershey's Special Dark and Hershey's Extra Dark, Kit Kat, Twizzlers, and Ice Breakers. Hershey also is a leader in the premium and artisan chocolate segments, with such brands as Scharffen Berger and Dagoba, offered through the Artisan Confections Company, a wholly owned subsidiary. The company is focused on growing its presence in key international markets such as China and Mexico while continuing to build its competitive advantage in the United States and Canada.
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About the NCAA
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