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2014-03-19 Larson named NAIA Honorable Mention All-American
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Sophomore Aaron Larson is only one of 12 Tigers to be named a NAIA Honorable Mention All-American

Larson named NAIA Honorable Mention All-American

Author: Nick Birkey
Posted: Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at 2:34 PM

POINT LOOKOUT, Mo. — The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) has announced the 2013-14 Division II Men’s Basketball All-America teams. The All-America Teams are selected by the NAIA All-America committee.

Of the 68 individuals named to the first, second, and third teams and honorable mention list, the Tigers had one player honored. He is one of six players from the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference who were honored.

Olivet Nazarene University forward Aaron Larson (Tolono, Ill.) is one of 38 players in the nation who have been selected to the NAIA Division II Honorable Mention All-American list. He is the 12th different Tiger to be named to the distinction and the second youngest (Jordan Harks, freshman, 2010).

Larson, a 6-foot-7 sophomore, led the Tigers in minutes per game (31.7), scoring average (16.3), rebounds per game (8.9), free-throw percentage (.802), blocks (24), and field goals made and attempted (181-347). He was third on the team in three-pointers made (25), and second in free-throws made and attempted (69-86).

He also finished with 11 double-doubles and scored in double figures 25 times. On February 1, he recorded a career-high 30 points against Purdue University-Calumet (Ind.) and a career-high in rebounds (17) on January 25 against Roosevelt University (Ill.). Among CCAC leaders, he was sixth in scoring, fourth in rebounding, third in free-throw percentage, seventh in blocked shots, first in defensive rebounds and seventh in offensive rebounds.

His rebounding average was 23rd best in the NAIA. He also ranked 13th in defensive rebounds per game (6.54), 30th in total rebounds (248) and 43rd in field goal percentage (.522).

Larson, a CCAC First Team All-Conference selection in 2014, was named the 2013 CCAC Freshman of the Year. He is the first Tiger since Ben Worner (2012) to be named to the Honorable Mention list.

The complete lists are found here.