HAMDEN, Conn. Quinnipiac University men's basketball student-athletes Justin Rutty (Newburgh, N.Y.) and James Feldeine (New York, N.Y.) have been named All-District 18 by the National Association of Basketball Coaches, the organization today announced. Rutty earned first-team recognition, while Feldeine was named to the second team.
The awards come just two days after Rutty and Feldeine were named to the All-Northeast Conference first and second teams, respectively. Feldeine also earned the inaugural NEC Most Improved Player Award, while James Johnson (Queens, N.Y.) was named to the All-Rookie Team.
Selected by members and coaches of the NABC, the 240 student-athletes from 24 districts are now eligible for the State Farm Coaches' Division I All-America teams. Those teams will be announced on Saturday, April 4 during the NABC Convention in Detroit.
Rutty established himself as one of the league's premier big men to become the first sophomore to be named to the All-NEC First Team in the last five years. He led the conference in rebounding at 9.5 boards per game (24th-NCAA), while compiling a league-leading 11 double-doubles. His 4.4 offensive rebounds per game rank second in the nation, behind only Pittsburgh's DeJuan Blair. Rutty's 14.9 points per game rank 10th in the league and his .603 field-goal percentage ranks second (14th-NCAA). He also ranks fifth in the NEC in defensive rebounds per game (5.07) and eighth in blocks (1.07).
Rutty was joined on the All-Dictrict 18 First Team by fellow All-NEC First Team members Jeremy Chappell (Robert Morris), Jeremy Goode (Mount St. Mary's), Jaytornah Wisseh (Long Island) and Joey Henley (Sacred Heart).
Feldeine's scoring production more than doubled as a junior this season, as he currently ranks first in the league at 16.8 points per game up from 8.3 points per game in 2007-08. He's scored in double figures in 28 of 29 games this season. One of the most versatile players in the league, Feldeine ranks sixth in steals (1.66 spg), seventh in minutes per game (33.79), eighth in defensive rebounds (4.41), 10th in rebounds (6.1 rpg), tied for 14th in three-point field goals made per game (1.59) and 17th in assists (2.38 apg).
Feldeine was joined on the All-District 18 Second Team by fellow All-NEC Second Team members Ken Horton (Central Connecticut), Sean Baptiste (Fairleigh Dickinson) and Rob Robinson (Robert Morris), as well as Mount St. Mary's guard Jean Cajou.
The Bobcats open NEC Tournament action Thursday, when they travel to Brooklyn, N.Y., to take on fourth-seeded Long Island. Opening tip is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Wellness Center.