By: Tim Andrzejewski (firstname.lastname@example.org)
HOUSTON, Texas — Sophomore Marcus Evans and junior Egor Koulechov were named to the National Basketball Coaches Association (NABC) All-District 11 team, the organization announced Wednesday morning.
Evans was named First Team All-District while Koulechov was named to the Second Team. It is the first time since 2012 that Rice has had a player named to the team and just the second time that they have had two players named All-District.
Evans earns his second postseason honor, having been named First Team All-Conference USA. He finished the year third in the conference in scoring, averaging 19.0 points per game. Evans was also third in three-point field goals made per game (2.5), seventh in assists (3.7) and tied for 12th in free throw percentage (.787).
The Chesapeake, Va., native led Rice in scoring 16 times and assists 21 times. He scored in double-figures 32 times and scored at least 20 points a conference-high 19 times. His 665 points are the most by a sophomore in both school and C-USA history.
The sophomore became the fastest player in school and Conference USA history to reach 1,000 points, doing so in 49 games. He is the first player in school history to record 600 points, 100 rebounds and 100 assists in a season while becoming the 12th player in school history with 1,000 points, 200 rebounds, 200 assists and 100 steals.
Koulechov averaged 18.2 points, which was good for fifth-place in C-USA. He led the league in three-point field goal percentage, connecting on 47.4% from beyond the arc, which set a new Rice record. The Volgograd, Russia native also placed third in the league in free throw percentage (.819), fourth in rebounding (8.9) and seventh in three-point field goals made per game (2.3) and minutes played (34.3).
The junior recorded a team-high 13 double-doubles while leading the team in scoring 17 times, in rebounding 24 times and assists nine times. He scored in double-figures 32 times and scored at least 20 points 14 times.
Koulechov recorded his 1,000th career point earlier this year. He became the third player in school history with 600 points and 300 rebounds in a season while also becoming the 16th player in school history with 1,000 points and 500 rebounds.