March 16, 2010
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) announced yesterday that Navy senior guard Chris Harris has been named to the NABC All-District 13 First Team, capping off a sensational senior campaign. It marks the second straight year that a Navy player has earned first-team All-District 13 honors, as Kaleo Kina earned the distinction a year ago.
Harris was joined on the first team by Lehigh freshman C.J. McCollum, Cornell's Jeff Foote and Ryan Wittman and Harvard's Jeremy Lin. District 13 is made up of schools from the Patriot League and Ivy League.
Harris, a 6-2, 185-pound guard from Mechanicsville, Va., was the Patriot League's leading scorer at 21.1 ppg, ranking 17th nationally. Harris gave the Navy basketball program a nearly-unprecedented run in NCAA history, as he is the third different Navy player to lead the Patriot League in scoring in the last four years (Greg Sprink in 2007 and 2008; Kaleo Kina in 2009). Only Murray State, which had three players lead the Ohio Valley Conference in four years from 1995-98, can lay claim to that feat.
Harris also led the Patriot League in three-pointers made per game (2.9 / 25th nationally) and steals (2.0 / 36th nationally) and finished tied for the league lead in free throw percentage at 87.3 percent (24th nationally).
His one of four players in school history (David Robinson, Greg Sprink and John Clune) to score 600 points in a season finishing sixth with 632 points, while ranking 11th on the Navy single-season list with a 21.1 points per game average. His 88 three-pointers this year were the second most in a season in school history, behind just his 91 he made as a sophomore and ahead of the 85 triples he connected on a year ago, to hold down the top three spots on the chart. In addition, his 178 free throws made are the fourth most in a season in school history. His 87.3 free throw percentage is the third-highest percentage in school history and he ranked fifth on the single-season steals list with 60.
Harris scored in double figures in 29-of-30 games, including a 27-game stretch to start the season, the fifth-longest streak in school history. He scored at least 30 points in a game five times during the year, including a Navy-conference record 40 points in an 85-78 win over Lehigh in early February, the most for a Navy player since David Robinson had 50 against Michigan on March 12, 1987, the 11th most in school history and the 16th most in the country so far. In that contest, he had eight three-pointers, tied for the third most in a game in Navy's history.
For his career, Harris finished fifth on the career scoring list with 1,635 points, ranking 11th all-time in the Patriot League annals. His 288 career three-pointers are the program's best by almost 50 triples (Greg Sprink - 237), and he ranked third all-time in career free throw percentage (.848). He is one of two Navy players (Kaleo Kina) to score 1,500 points, dish out 250 assists and grab 150 steals in a career. He played in all 120 games during his career (91 career starts; 89 of last 90 games), the fifth most in program history, while his 3,448 minutes played are the fourth most in Navy history. In addition, he is one of two Patriot League players (Bucknell's Kevin Bettencourt) to rank in the Patriot League record books for points (11th), steals (14th), three-pointers made (4th) and free throw percentage (3rd).
Harris led Navy to a 13-17 overall mark and a 7-7 record in the Patriot League, good for a fourth-place tie in the league standings.
The Mids will return four starters from this year's team for the 2010-11 season and will open play against either Texas, Maryland, Illinois or Pittsburgh in the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic on November 8-12.
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