Three Grizzlies make All-District team

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — For the first time in school history The University has had three players named to the 2013 Division I All-District 6 team by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC), that organization announced recently.

Montana’s Will Cherry, Kareem Jamar, and Mathias Ward were all named to the prestigious squad.   Cherry was named to the first team, while Jamar and Ward were second team selections.  The 242 student-athletes, from 24 districts, are eligible for the NABC Coaches’ Division All-America teams.

“For three of our guys to make all-district, a first, tells you what an unbelievable season our team had,” said Montana’s seventh-year head coach Wayne Tinkle.  “Our two seniors, Will and Mathias, had outstanding careers for us, and obviously Kareem has been an impact player for us the past three seasons.”

A 6-foot-1 senior point guard from Oakland, Calif., Cherry was recently named to the’s Lou Henson Mid-Major All-American team for the second season in a row.

Cherry was a key in the Grizzlies’ 25-7 team that went 19-1 in the Big Sky Conference, winning the regular-season league title, and went on to become the post-season tournament champion.  He averaged 13.3 points, 3.9 assists, and 1.9 steals per contest.

His senior season Cherry was named the conference’s “Defensive Player of the Year,” for the second straight year; and he was also named to the league’s all-tourney squad and was a first team all-league selection for the third consecutive year.

This past season Jamar, a 6-5 guard-forward from Venice, Calif., was voted the Big Sky’s MVP and post-season tourney MVP (for the second consecutive year), and he was a unanimous first team all-league pick.

Jamar was ranked among the Big Sky leaders in scoring (14.2 ppg), rebounding (5.9 rebs. pg), assists (4.01 apg), and field goal percentage (49.4 percent).  He was the only player on the team to start all 32 games.

Ward, a 6-7 senior forward from Gig Harbor, Wash.,  was one of the leading scorers and most accurate shooters in the league until he had season-ending surgery (March 6) and missed the last part of the season.  He is ranked sixth in the Big Sky in scoring (14.8 ppg), sixth in free throw percentage (81.7 percent), and seventh in field goal percentage (51.0 percent).  He was a second team all-conference selection in 2013.

“We’re thrilled for Mathias,” Tinkle said.  “It’s great for him to cap off such an incredible career with an honor like this.  It tells you what people think of Mathias, especially when he missed our last eight games.”

All-District 6 Team
First Team

Chris Udofia, Denver
Davion Berry, Weber State
Raheem Appleby, La. Tech
Kyle Barone, Idaho
Will Cherry, Montana

Second Team
Daniel Mullings, New Mexico State
Kareem Jamar, Montana
Jarred Shaw, Utah State
Mathias Ward, Montana
Troy Huff, North Dakota

— UM Sports Information