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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Oral Roberts men’s basketball duo of Max Abmas and Kevin Obanor earned All-District First Team honors from the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Tuesday as voted upon by NABC-member head coaches.
Combining for 1,060 points this season, Abmas and Obanor are the highest-scoring teammates in all of NCAA Division I college basketball edging Big Ten champions Illinois (1,047) and WCC champions Gonzaga (985).
Both players scored their 1,000th career point during the year as Obanor hit the mark January 9 at home against North Dakota, while Abmas reached the milestone in The Summit League Championship Quarterfinals March 7 also versus North Dakota.
Abmas, The Summit League Player of the Year, averages 24.2 points per game leading the nation in his sophomore campaign, while ranking fourth in made 3-pointers per game (3.6), ninth in free-throw percentage (89.9) and 10th in 3-point percentage (43.3).
Obanor has 12 double-doubles this season ranking 14th in the country and moved up to eighth in ORU history totaling 26. The redshirt junior topped the conference with 237 total rebounds and is 21st in the NCAA knocking down 88.1 percent of free throws.
The Golden Eagles had two first-team selections for the first time since Damen Bell-Holter and Warren Niles in 2013 as Abmas and Obanor are the sixth and seventh first-team honorees in school history. In the 24 districts, ORU was joined by Alabama, Drake, Gonzaga, Houston and Villanova as the only programs with two players on a first team.
Max Abmas – Oral Roberts
Antoine Davis – Detroit
Loudon Love – Wright St.
Jalen Moore – Oakland
Kevin Obanor – Oral Roberts
Marcus Burk – IUPUI
Tanner Holden – Wright St.
Rocky Kreuser – North Dakota St.
Baylor Scheierman – South Dakota St.
Stanley Umude – South Dakota
Coach of the Year: Dennis Gates, Cleveland State
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COURTESY THE NABC & ORAL ROBERTS ATHLETIC COMMUNICATIONS