KANSAS CITY, Missouri — Two Western Washington University men’s basketball players, center Chris Mitchell (Everson/Nooksack Valley) and forward Damien Fisher (Fife), were named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches Honors Court announced Wednesday, July 17.
The Honors Court recognizes collegiate basketball student-athletes who excelled in academics during the 2012-13 season.
Mitchell was named the WWU Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year and earned College Sports Information Directors of America Capital One Academic NCAA Division II All-District first team recognition. Maintaining a 3.45 grade point average (4.0 scale), he graduated in March with a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology.
Mitchell finished his four-year career ranked ninth among WWU leaders in blocked shots with 91 and 11th in rebounds with 541. An honorable mention Great Northwest Athletic Conference all-star and a GNAC academic all-star for the third time as a senior, Mitchell averaged 8.4 points and 5.6 rebounds and blocked 42 shots.
Fisher, who also was a GNAC academic all-star last season as a senior, averaged 2.5 points and 2.1 rebounds. He is a kinesiology major with a 3.86 GPA.
WWU finished 31-3 and reached the NCAA Division II national semifinals.