March 12, 2014
USBWA All-District Teams
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - Boston University sophomore guard Maurice Watson Jr. joined elite company in Patriot League history when he was named to the United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) All-District Team on Tuesday.
Watson becomes the third Patriot Leaguer to receive the distinction, all coming in the last four years as Lehigh's C.J. McCollum (2011) and Bucknell's Mike Muscala (2013) each made the list in their prolific careers.
Watson was one of 10 selections in District I, where he was joined by Ike Azotam(Quinnipiac), Ryan Boatright (Connecticut), Bryce Cotton (Providence), Alex Francis (Bryant), Olivier Hanlan (Boston College), Shabazz Napier (Connecticut), Clancy Rugg (Vermont), Wesley Saunders (Harvard) and Chaz Williams (Massachusetts). Napier was named the District I Player of the Year for the second straight season.
Watson has enjoyed an outstanding sophomore season as he leads the top-seed Terriers into the Patriot League Championship at home against second-seed American on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. He has already set the Patriot League single-season assists record with 231 for the year, and is fourth in the nation with 7.0 per game. Watson set a school and Patriot League Tournament record while also notching the high mark for all Division I players this season with 17 assists in a 91-70 semifinal win over Army on Saturday. Watson also stands sixth in the Patriot League with 13.5 points per game and third with 2.2 steals per contest and hits 50.3% of his shots from the field.
The U.S. Basketball Writers Association was formed in 1956 at the urging of then-NCAA Executive Director Walter Byers. Today, it is one of the most influential organizations in college basketball. The voting for the All-District Teams was conducted by the USBWA national membership of 900-plus, with 10 players honored in each of the nine districts nationwide. For the entire listing of honorees, go here