Feb 21, 2017

Lacey and Rico Named All-NWC

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NEWBERG, Ore. --- The Northwest Conference announced the 2017 All-Northwest Conference Men's Basketball team, and senior JJ Lacey and junior Thomas Rico grabbed a spot on the list for the first time in both of their careers.

Lacey was named All-NWC First Team, while Rico was named Honorable Mention. Whitman's Tim Howell was named Player of the Year, while Lewis & Clark's Andrew Vickers was named Freshman of the Year.

Lacey, a senior from Auburn, Washington, becomes the first First-Team selection since the 2013-14 season when Sean Atkins and A.J. Grant made the list. Lacey's most notable game came this season when he broke 1,000 points in his career against Whitworth Jan. 21, 2017. He is now 23rd All-Time in the George Fox men's basketball records with 1,141 points in his four years. Lacey is third in the NWC in points per game (16.6), seventh in 3-point pct. (43.0) and ninth in steals (33).

"I'm overjoyed with excitement that JJ was named All-NWC First Team," said head coach Maco Hamilton. "He's been a glue to this program since I arrived both on and off the court, and is well deserving of this honor.  As well as he performed on the court, it's important to know that he's even better as a human being.  I've been very fortunate to be his college basketball coach."

Rico, a junior from Glendale, California, earns his first honor on the list as an honorable mention. The junior shooting guard has been red hot from the 3-point line all season. He is fourth in the NWC in 3-point pct. at 46.8 percent, and is the only player in the Top 10 to average over five 3-point attempts per game. Rico is 10th in the NWC in assists (59) and fourth in the NWC in assists to turnovers ratio (2.2).

"It's awesome to see Thomas receive the highest amount of votes for the honorable mention all-NWC team," added Hamilton. "Rico, has been consistent in his play this year, and clearly took his game to another level.  With that progress, I'm excited for him to take another leap forward next year!"

Lacey and Rico will guide the Bruins to their first playoff game since the 2012-13 season Thursday, Feb. 23, in the semifinal game of the NWC Tournament. The Bruins take on the No. 1 seed Whitman at 7p.m. in Walla Walla, Washington.

To see the complete list of the All-NWC team, click here.