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WWU’s Anye Turner named first-team GNAC all-star

Western Washington University men’s basketball forward Anye Turner was a first-team selection among the 2014-15 Great Northwest Athletic Conference All-Stars announced on Monday, March 2, by the conference office.

Two Vikings were picked to the second team, guard Ricardo Maxwell and forward Jeffrey Parker.

Turner, a senior, ranks fourth nationally in NCAA Division II in both blocked shots with 82 and blocks per game at 3.1. The 82 blocks are the second-highest total for a season in school history and the rejection average is just off school-record pace.

Turner tops the GNAC in both blocks and rebounds (8.7 avg.), while averaging 10.5 points on 53.7 (109 of 203) percent field-goal accuracy.

Despite playing only three seasons after transferring from South Puget Sound CC, Turner ranks third among WWU career leaders in blocked shots with 164 (needs four more to move into second). He also has 644 points on 54.9 percent (243 of 443) field-goal accuracy and 518 rebounds.

Maxwell, a junior, is averaging 15.5 points, scoring double figures in 20 of 22 games played this season. He also is averaging 4.0 assists and 3.2 rebounds, shooting 52.8 percent (131 of 24) from the floor.

Parker, a sophomore, leads WWU in scoring at 16.1 points per game, hitting 44.4 percent (76 of 171) from 3-point range. He also is averaging 4.9 rebounds and has scored double-figures in 23 contests.

All three Vikings were pre-season GNAC all-star choices.

WWU, 18-10 overall, tied for fifth in the GNAC standings at 11-7.

The Vikings meet Alaska Anchorage in an opening-round game of the GNAC Championships at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 5, at Montana State University-Billings. WWU enters as the hottest team in the conference, riding an eight-game winning streak with seven of the victories being by double figures.