CORVALLIS, Ore. – Gary Payton II was selected to the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Division I All-District 20 First Team, as selected and voted on by member coaches of the NABC on Friday. He was selected to the NABC All-District 20 Second Team last season.
The 2016 NABC Coaches' Division I All-America teams will be released on Monday.
Payton II has earned numerous awards this season. For the second straight year, he was selected to the U.S. Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) All-District-IX Team and named to the All-Pac-12 First Team and All-Defensive Team.
He also became the only two-time Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year.
Payton II helped lead Oregon State to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1990 and its best conference record since 1993 (9-9). He joined Lester Conner (1981-82) as the second Oregon State player in history to lead the Beavers in scoring (16.0), rebounding (7.8), assists (5.0) and steals (2.5).
The lefty guard broke his father's Oregon State records with 38 consecutive games with a steal and career steals average (2.78). He scored in double figures in 29 of the 32 games this season and posted eight double-doubles, including career highs of 26 points (at Colorado) and 17 rebounds (vs. California).
NABC All-District 20 Team
Dillon Brooks, Oregon
Jakob Poeltl, Utah
Gary Payton II, Oregon State
Andrew Andrews, Washington
Ryan Anderson, Arizona
About the National Association of Basketball Coaches
Josh Scott, Colorado
Jaylen Brown, California
Bryce Alford, UCLA
Julian Jacobs, USC
Rosco Allen, Stanford
Located in Kansas City, MO, the NABC was founded in 1927 by 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 www.nabc.com.