CHICAGO - For the second year in a row, Saint Xavier University senior forward Jabari Saunders (Joliet, Ill./Township West) was one of just 10 players named to the NAIA Division I Men's Basketball All-America Second Team when the national office released the teams late Tuesday. The NAIA Men's Basketball Coaches Association All-American Selection Committee determines the All-American selections each year. The NAIA All-American Teams consist of 10 selections apiece for the first, second, and third teams in addition to honorable mention selections.
Saunders averaged 13.0 points, 8.6 rebounds, and 2.9 assists over 28 games this season. He shot an impressive 60 percent (142-for-237) from the field after leading the country during the 2004-05 campaign with a 72.7 percent shooting clip. Saunders also moved into the No. 10 spot on Saint Xavier's men's basketball all-time rebounding list with 664 boards over his four-year career (2002-06).
"If you really want to see why Jabari is an All-American, look at his statistics over our team's last five games of the season," said SXU men's basketball coach Tom O'Malley. "He put the team on his shoulders down the stretch and carried us to the national tournament averaging 18 points and nearly 11 rebounds (over last five games). However, the best thing about Jabari is that he's a much better person than player and will be sorely missed next year."
The Cougars (21-12 overall) lost to No. 4 ranked Carroll College, 68-40, in the first round of the 2006 NAIA National Championships. It marked the fourth straight national appearance for Saint Xavier University and seventh in the last eight years, all under current head coach Tom O'Malley.View Game Stats