March 28, 2003
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
Wyoming's All-Mountain West Conference center Uche Nsonwu-Amadi received yet another honor on Friday, when he was selected to play in the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) All-Star game in conjunction with the Final Four next week at New Orleans.
The Cowboy senior is one of 12 players from throughout the country selected for the game which is annually played on Sunday afternoon (April 6) of the Final Four weekend. The game will tipoff at 1:30 p.m. at the New Orleans Arena, home of the New Orleans Hornets. For the first time in the game's history, there is just one all-star team. The collegiate team will take on the Harlem Globetrotters. Head coach for the all-star team is Pat Kennedy from the University of Montana.
"I'm honored and excited to play," the native of Enugu, Nigeria, said. "I am proud to represent the university and our program, and looking forward to the competition."
The team is selected by the NABC. Nsonwu-Amadi will go to New Orleans next Thursday (April 3). The players will have one practice session prior to the game.
"It is a great honor for Uche to be selected," Cowboy Head Coach Steve McClain said. "The last Wyoming player to be picked for this team was Reginald Slater. Anytime one of our players receives an opportunity to be in this event, it's a positive for our program. Uche is a quality person who has always been an outstanding representative of this university, and of our Cowboy program. I am sure he will enjoy this competition, as he always does."
Nsonwu-Amadi, who also was selected to the United States Basketball Writers Association All- District VIII first team, averaged a double-double for the much of the season. He led the Mountain West Conference in rebounding. A graduate of the Unversity, on Dec. 13, he finished his career as the 10th best rebounder in UW history.