March 26, 2013

Photos Courtesy of Mark Campbell

Athlete photoKANSAS CITY, Mo. -- University of Delaware junior guard Devon Saddler was selected to the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Division I District 10 first team while senior forward Jamelle Hagins earned second team honors, the organization announced Tuesday.

Both players were named second team NABC All-District a year ago, becoming just the second and third players in school history to earn All-District honors in consecutive years along with Mike Pegues in 1998-99 and 1999-00. Saddler becomes the fourth Blue Hen to be named first team All-District, along with Spencer Dunkley in 1992-93, Pegues in 1998-99, and Marc Egerson in 2008-09.

Saddler (at right) started all 33 games for the Blue Hens this season, leading the Colonial Athletic Association and ranking 16th in the nation with 19.9 points per game. His 656 points were the 12th most in the Division I regular season, the fourth most in a UD single season, and 80 more than any other player in the CAA.

A first team All-CAA selection and USBWA All-District II honoree, Saddler led Delaware in scoring during 24 games on the year and is the school’s career leader by starting 96 consecutive games, every contest of his career.

Saddler currently leads the conference with 37.8 minutes played and is fourth with an 82.0 free throw percentage, seventh with a 33.7 three-point percentage, ninth with 1.7 three-pointers made per game, and 13th with a 42.8 field goal percentage and 2.8 assists per game.

Saddler reached double figures in the first 32 games of the season, surpassing the 20-point mark 16 times and recording a pair of 30-point efforts. He has scored 1,670 career points, third most in Blue Hen history and the most among active CAA players.

Hagins (at left) also started all 33 games for Delaware, leading the Blue Hens with 10.7 rebounds while ranking third with 11.6 points per game. He ranked second in the CAA and seventh in the nation with 10.7 rebounds, led the conference with 2.4 blocks, and was also second with a 54.6 field goal percentage and 7.6 defensive rebounds.

A second team All-CAA pick and the league’s Defensive Player of the Year, Hagins finished his Blue Hen career as UD’s career leader with 1,078 rebounds, 292 blocks, and 124 games played. He ranks third in conference history in blocks and fourth in rebounds, while his 36 double-doubles are third most at Delaware.

Hagins posted 16 double-doubles during his senior season, while his 1,184 career points rank 19th in Blue Hen history.

Saddler was joined on the All-District 10 first team by Jerrelle Benimon of Towson, Keith Rendleman of UNCW, Joel Smith of Northeastern, and Marcus Thornton of William & Mary. The second team consisted of Hagins, Sherrod Wright of George Mason, R.J. Hunter of Georgia State, Damion Lee of Drexel, and Devon Moore of James Madison.