Kearney named First Team All-American by NABC

Kearney named First Team All-American by NABC

WASHINGTON – The honors continue to roll in for CUA senior Chris Kearney, who on Thursday was named a First Team All-American by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC). Kearney, who earlier this week was named the Mid-Atlantic Player of the Year and a First Team All-District selection by the NABC, is CUA's first First Team All-American since William Morley in 2004 and the 10th All-American in the 102-year history of the program.

Kearney and Morley are the only First Team All-Americans in the 102-year history of CUA basketball. Of CUA's 10 All-Americans, Cardinals Head Coach Steve Howes has helped to develop six of those during his time in Washington as an assistant and head coach. The list includes Kearney, Jason Banzhaf, Morley, Matt Hilleary, Pat Maloney and Dan Harrington.

The first player in Landmark Conference history to be named the Player and Defensive Player of the Year in the same season, Kearney also earned Mid-Atlantic Player of the Year honors. In addition, he was named to the All-Region First Team as well as an ECAC All-Star.

Kearney led CUA in scoring (16.7) and rebounding (7.0) this season, while shooting 53.1 percent from the floor and blocking 2 shots per game. The 6-7 post player ranked in the top 10 of five statistical categories within the Landmark, including scoring, rebounding, field goal percentage, blocks and minutes.

A native of Virginia, Kearney was a First Team All-Landmark Conference selection in 2012-13, and during the season, was named to the Team of the Week on two occasions. He was also named the Landmark Player of the Week twice.

Kearney scored in double figures 25 times this season, topping out with a career-high 32 points in a win over Scranton on January 19. He then dropped another 30 points at Scranton on February 9.

The third leading shot blocker in school history, Kearney posted eight double-digit rebound games this season, with a high of 15 at Merchant Marine Academy on January 26. That same day, the CUA tri-captain scored the 1,000th point of his career.