The National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) announced today the 2019-20 NABC Division I All-District teams and coaches, as selected and voted on by member coaches of the NABC in NCAA Division I.
Separated into 24 districts, each group consists of five selections for both a first team and second team, while also including a coach of the year. For Pacific, senior Jahlil Tripp was named to the District 9 Second Team.
Overall, Filip Petrusev of Gonzaga, the 2019-20 WCC Player of the Year, highlighted the District 9 First Team while Jordan Ford of Saint Mary’s, Yoeli Childs of BYU, Colbey Ross of Pepperdine and Lamine Diane of CSU Northridge joined him. Alongside Tripp, Malik Fitts of Saint Mary’s, TJ Haws of BYU and Corey Kispert and Killian Tillie of Gonzaga each were selected to the Second Team. Rounding things out, Gonzaga’s Mark Few was named the Coach of the Year in District 9.
Giving it his all to close out his career in Stockton, Tripp wrapped up his three-year career with the Tigers by guiding Pacific to their first 20-win campaign in over a decade, including a share place of third place in the final conference standings with perennial power Saint Mary’s. Overall, the 6-5 guard led the WCC in rebounding in both overall (8.75) and conference (9.50) play in addition to a team-high 15.8 points per game, 1.5 steals and 2.0 assists.
Following exceptional performances in the non-conference portion of their schedule, Tripp continued to prove that it did not matter what opponent he faced. In WCC action, the Brooklyn, N.Y. native averaged 17.8 points per game- including a career-high 39 points in a quadruple overtime win against Saint Mary’s on Jan. 4. Furthermore, he also pulled down a career-high 20 rebounds in a win at San Francisco on Feb. 6. Looking at the record books, his season totals of 535 total points ranks 14th all-time in a single season in program history while his 148 free throws made ties for ninth place.
Along with this award, Tripp was also named the 2019-20 WCC Defensive Player of the Year. With the honor, he joins former teammate Namdi Okonkwo as the second Tiger in three years to win the award. He also earned All-WCC recognition for the third straight season, earning a spot on the First Team in 2019-20 after being named an Honorable Mention last year and an All-WCC Second Team member in 2017-18. Finally, Tripp was also a Lou Henson Midseason Award nominee.
Completing his journey, Tripp ranks among the Tiger greats in several statistical categories: third in total steals (148), ninth in total assists (308), twelfth in total rebounds (727) and sixteenth in scoring (1,223).
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