Western Washington University guard John Allen has been named Player of the Year and Tony Dominguez shared Coach of the Year honors in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Men's Basketball All-Star selections announced Monday, March 4.
Allen, who has scored double-figure points 22 times this season with a high of 38, was a nearly unanimous selection, receiving nine of 10 votes from the conference coaches.
Allen, who was one of two unanimous first-team picks, is averaging 17.5 points. He ranks among the league's top 10 in three categories, being fourth in 3-point makes (2.2), fifth in free-throw shooting (85.5 percent, 59-of-69), and sixth in assists (3.9).
Allen was picked as the preseason GNAC Player of the Year and was a Division II Bulletin Super 16 selection. He has scored 1,371 career points, which ranks 10th among WWU leaders, and is 15th in assists (313) and his free-throw percentage of 89.0 (218-of-245) is on school-record pace.
Dominguez, who was a Viking assistant for the past 17 seasons, is believed to be the first person in NCAA Division II history to win his first 24 games as a head coach. He has directed WWU to a 26-1record and the GNAC regular-season title with a conference record-setting 17-1 mark.
The Vikings won their first 24 contests of the season and stretched their winning streak over the last two years to 30 before losing. Both the start and streak broke school records set 41 years ago.
Allen was one of two WWU players selected to the first team. The other was Paul Jones (Sr., Kent/Kent-Meridian), who is averaging 14.7 points, eighth in the league, and 6.7 rebounds, 10th in the GNAC. He is second among conference field-goal shooters at 58.3 percent (154-264).
Jones has scored double figures in 22 games and has had five double-doubles in points and rebounds this season.
WWU guard Richard Woodworth was a second-team pick. He has scored double figures 15 times this season and is averaging 10.4 points.
Woodworth ranks sixth among GNAC leaders in both 3-point accuracy (44.8 percent, 30-of-67) and free throw shooting (84.9 percent, 62-of-73).
Two Vikings received honorable mention all-star honors. They were center Chris Mitchell, who is averaging 9.0 points and 7.3 rebounds, and forward Austin Bragg, a transfer from Clark Community College, who is averaging 9.0 points and 7.3 rebounds, fourth in the GNAC.
Bragg has had a GNAC and team-best six double-doubles in points and rebounds this season, including a 20-point, 11-rebound effort against Seattle Pacific on Feb. 2.
Mitchell, who received first-team CoSIDA Capital One Academic All-District honors and is a three-time GNAC academic all-star, is second among league leaders in blocked shots at 1.4 (39, has blocked 12 shots in last four games) and Bragg is fourth at 1.3 (36).
Dominguez shared Coach of the Year honors with Alaska Fairbanks' Mick Durham.
WWU is the No.1 seed at this week's third annual Great Northwest Athletic Conference Tournament being held at Lacey.
2012-13 GNAC ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM
First Team: +John Allen, Western Washington (G, 6-0, Sr., Brier, WA); * David Downs, Seattle Pacific (G, 6-2, Jr., Kirkland, WA); Paul Jones, Western Washington (F, 6-5, Sr., Kent, WA); Mark McLaughlin, Central Washington (G, 6-6, Jr., Bothell, WA); Kyle Fossman, Alaska Anchorage (G, 6-1, Jr., Haines, AK); Jarrell Crayton, Montana State Billings (F, 6-7, Sr., Bellevue, NE).
Second Team: Patrick Simon, Seattle Pacific (F, 6-8, Jr., Ephrata, WA); Jobi Wall, Seattle Pacific (F, 6-6, Sr., Arvada, CO); Richard Woodworth, Western Washington (G, 6-3, Jr., Bellevue, WA); Teancum Stafford, Alaska Anchorage (G, 6-5, So., Auburn, WA); Sergej Pucar, Alaska Fairbanks (C, 6-11, Jr., Belgrade, Serbia); Dominique Brinson, Alaska Fairbanks (G, 6-2, Sr., Juneau, AK).
Honorable Mention: Liam Gibcus, Alaska Anchorage (F, 6-10, Sr., Lysterfield, Australia); Pat Voeut, Alaska Fairbanks (G, 5-11, Jr., Bellingham, WA); Jordan Coby, Central Washington (G, 6-1, Sr., Tacoma, WA); Kalob Hatcher, Montana State Billings (G, 5-11, Jr., San Diego, CA); Dave Arnold, Montana State Billings (G, 6-2, Sr., Highlands Ranch, CO); Omar McDade, Montana State Billings (G, 6-3, Sr., Logan, UT); Kenny Jones, Northwest Nazarene (G, 6-2, Sr., Los Angeles, CA);Kevin Rima, Northwest Nazarene (F, 6-6, So., Fairbanks, AK); Jonathan Hawkins, Northwest Nazarene (G, 6-3, Sr., Phoenix, AZ); Roger O'Neill, Saint Martin's (F, 6-5, Sr., Edmonds, WA); Brady Bomber, Saint Martin's (G, 5-10, Sr., Lynden, WA); Riley Stockton, Seattle Pacific (G, 6-4, So., Spokane, WA); Andy Poling, Seattle Pacific (C, 6-11, Sr., Portland, OR); Taylor Dunn, Simon Fraser (G, 6-4, Jr., Vancouver, WA); Kolton Nelson, Western Oregon (C, 6-8, Sr., Klamath Falls, OR); Andy Avgi, Western Oregon (F, 6-5, Fr., Woodburn, OR); Austin Bragg, Western Washington (F, 6-9, Jr., Longview, WA); Chris Mitchell, Western Washington (C, 6-9, Sr., Everson, WA).
GNAC Player of the Year - John Allen, Western Washington (G, 6-0, Sr., Brier, WA)
GNAC Defensive Player of the Year - Riley Stockton, Seattle Pacific (G, 6-4, So., Spokane, WA)
GNAC Newcomer of the Year - Mark McLaughlin, Central Washington (G, 6-6, Jr., Bothell, WA)
GNAC Freshman of the Year - Andy Avgi, Western Oregon (F, 6-5, Fr., Woodburn, OR)
GNAC Coach of the Year - Tony Dominguez, Western Washington, and Mick Durham, UAF