BOISE, ID – The University at Buffalo men's basketball team placed three members on the NABC All-District squad as junior Nick Perkins was named to the First Team and Jeremy Harris and CJ Massinburg were named to the Second Team.
Perkins, who was named the MACs Sixth Man of the Year an all-league First Team selection has served as one of the top sixth men in the country as he is averaging 16.6 points per game and 6.2 rebounds per contest. In league games only, Perkins led the Bulls in scoring at 18.2 points per game. He has scored in double figures in 31 of 34 games this season, including 24 straight since coming off the bench. Perkins had a career high 26 points twice this season, first in the season-opener against Canisius and again in a home win over Northern Illinois. Perkins has three double-double this year, including 24 points and 10 rebounds against Toledo and 15 points and 11 boards at Ball State. Perkins was twice named MAC Player of the Week this season and he became the 21st member of UB's 1,000-point club during Buffalo's game at Ohio.
Massinburg was also named to the All-MAC First Team. Massinburg leads the Bulls in scoring and rebounding this season as he is averaging 16.9 points and 7.4 rebounds per game. He has scored 20 or more points in 13 games this year and leads the Bulls with nine double-doubles. Massinburg was also named the MAC East Player of the Week three times. This season, Massinburg joined the 1,000-point club becoming the seventh fastest in school history to do so. He is one of just three juniors in the entire nation with 1,200 career points, 500 career rebounds, and 200 career assists. Massinburg had one of his biggest games this year against one of UB's toughest opponents in nationally ranked Cincinnati, where he finished with 29 points and 10 rebounds. Massinburg had 30 points a career-best 14 rebounds in a win over Delaware. He scored 27 points in Buffalo's MAC-opening win against Toledo and put up 26-point performances against Western Michigan and Akron.
Harris, who was named to the All-MAC Second Team was also most recently named to the MAC's All-Tournament Team. He is averaging 15.4 points per game and 5.9 rebounds. In league games only, Harris led the MAC in three-point field goal percentage at 46.3% and he was second on the team, averaging 17.4 points per game. He scored 20 or more points eight times, including 24 points against Kent State. He had just one 20-point performance in non-conference with 23 points at Niagara, but then he recorded 20 or more points in seven of league games. He had 23 points and 10 rebounds against Miami (OH) and he scored 22 points with a career-high 14 rebounds in a win over Eastern Michigan. Harris is tied for the league lead with three MAC Player of the Week honors. Harris scored a career high 27 points in the MAC Quarterfinals against Central Michigan and added 22 in the semifinals against Kent State. He is shooting 43.2% from three-point range, which would be the highest by a UB player since 2003-04.
About the National Association of Basketball Coaches
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.