KANSAS CITY, Mo. – WKU Hilltopper Basketball junior center Charles Bassey was named to the NABC All-District First-Team while senior guard Taveion Hollingsworth was tabbed to the second team, the National Association of Basketball Coaches announced Tuesday afternoon. The teams were selected by NABC-member head coaches in NCAA Division I.
NABC Districts are organized by conference. Conference USA is designated as the 11th District.
This is the second honor of the kind for both Hilltoppers as Bassey first earned the accolade in 2018-19 and Hollingsworth earned his first in 2019-20.
Under head coach Rick Stansbury, at least one Hilltopper has earned first or second team recognition in each of his five years at the helm. Forward Justin Johnson (2016-17 second team, 2017-18 first team), Darius Thompson (2017-18 second team) and Jared Savage (2019-20 second team) join the duo as NABC All-District honorees.
Dating back to the 1949-50 season, WKU Hilltopper Basketball has now had 46 NABC honorees in its history. Hollingsworth and Bassey are part of an elite 16-member club of Hilltoppers that have been honored more than once including Courtney Lee and Jim McDaniels who were both honored three times.
Lexington, Ky., native Hollingsworth is averaging 13.6 points and 3.7 rebounds per game. He leads the nation in consecutive games started at 129. Bassey is shooting 60.2% from the field while averaging a double-double of 17.7 points and 11.5 rebounds.
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