Delaware Menís Basketball Seniors Devon Saddler, Davon Usher Named First Team NABC All-District 10
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- University of Delaware men’s basketball senior guards Devon Saddler and Davon Usher were each named first team National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) All-District 10, the organization announced Wednesday.
Saddler, who earned second team honors in 2011-12 and first team honors last year, is the first Blue Hen player in school history to earn all-district honors in three consecutive seasons.
The two have led Delaware to a 25-9 record, the Colonial Athletic Association Tournament title, and a berth in the upcoming NCAA Tournament, the Hens' first appearance since 1999.
"This is a well-deserved honor for Devon and Davon," said Delaware head coach Monté Ross. "The excellence with which they have played all year has allowed us to play at an extremely successful level."
Saddler, a native of Aberdeen, Md. (Aberdeen HS), currently leads the Blue Hens and ranks second in the Colonial Athletic Association by averaging 19.7 points per game. A first team All-CAA selection, he earned CAA All-Tournament Team honors on Monday after averaging 15.7 points and leading the team with 16 assists at the championship.
The school’s all-time leading scorer, Saddler currently ranks third among active Division I players with 2,201 career points. He has reached double figures in all but one game this season, including 14 games of at least 20 points.
Usher, a South Baltimore, Md. native (Digital Harbor HS), also was named first team All-CAA during his lone season with the Blue Hens. One of two players to start all 34 games this season, Usher ranks second on the squad with 19.4 points, 6.1 rebounds and 61 steals this year. He has scored 659 points on the campaign, which is the 14th most in Division I this year and 17 shy of setting a new UD single season mark.
Usher led the Blue Hens in scoring during the CAA Tournament quarterfinal win over Hofstra and the semifinal triumph over Northeastern, before adding eight points and a team-high 10 rebounds in Monday’s title game victory over William & Mary. He has reached double figures in all but four games this year, and scored a career-high 42 points during the comeback win over College of Charleston on Feb. 5.
This year marks the second straight season Delaware had two players on the all-district team, as Saddler and Jamelle Hagins were honored a year ago.
Saddler and Usher were joined on the first team by Jerrelle Benimon of Towson, Frantz Massenat of Drexel, and Marcus Thornton of William & Mary. The second team consisted of Scott Eatherton of Northeastern, Chris Fouch of Drexel, Zeke Upshaw of Hofstra, Willis Hall of College of Charleston, and Andre Nation of James Madison.