PITTSBURGH, Pa. - UNC Asheville senior guards Matt Dickey and J.P. Primm were named to the District 3 National Association of Basketball Coaches first team. The announcement came from the NABC office in Kansas City Wednesday.
Dickey and Primm joined fellow Big South players Nick Barbour (High Point) and Eric Griffin (Campbell) plus USC Upstate forward Torrey Craig on the five-game team.
This marks the first time that any Bulldog players have ever made the NABC District 3 team. There were 240 student-athletes honored in other districts throughout the nation by the NABC on Wednesday. The All-American team will be named on March 20.
Dickey enjoyed a sensational senior season and enters the NCAA Tournament on Thursday as the Bulldogs leading scorer with a 16.5 average. He was named Big South Player of the Year as he scored in double figures in 30 of Asheville's 33 games. Dickey was second on the team in assists (180), steals (50) and three-pointers (61). He leads the Bulldogs and second in the Big South in free throw percentage at .865.
Primm was the Bulldogs second leading scorer at 15.3 points per game. He led Asheville in assists (139), steals (63) and three-pointers made (71). Primm was a second team All-Conference performer and was then named Big South Tournament MVP as helped lead the Bulldogs to their second straight Big South Conference championship.
Asheville takes on top-seeded Syracuse in the East Region Thursday afternoon in Pittsburgh starting at 3:10 p.m.