Dean, Garcia Honored on NABC All-District Team

University of Louisville juniors Taquan Dean and Francisco Garcia have both been named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) All-District 7 first team.

Joining Dean and Garcia on the NABC All-District 7 first team, which is selected and voted on by member coaches of the NABC, are Rodney Carney of Memphis, Chuck Hayes of Kentucky and Willie Jenkins of Tennessee Tech. The all-district first and second teams represent 150 student-athletes from 15 districts who are now eligible for the NABC Division I All-American Team to be announced at the conclusion of the 2004-2005 NCAA men's basketball season.

Dean is averaging 13.8 points and 3.9 rebounds for the 12th-ranked Cardinals (22-4, 10-2 Conference USA). He has hit three or more three-pointers 17 times in his 25 games this season. His three-point shooting stands at 45.5 percent on the season (76-of-167), 10th best nationally and the leader in Conference USA. His 76 threes this year to date are the sixth most ever in a single season at U of L. Louisville is 15-1 this season when Dean scores in double figures.

A special player who makes everyone on the floor better, Garcia is averaging 16.2 points, 4.8 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 2.0 steals. He buried a three-pointer with 2.6 seconds at Marquette on Thursday to lift the Cardinals to a 64-61 victory. He scored 16 of his 18 points in the second half as Louisville rallied from a 61-50 deficit with 5:53 remaining to score the game's final 14 points. Garcia had suffered a deep thigh bruise in the Cards' Feb. 12 victory over USF and had missed two days of practice leading up to the game. The preseason Conference USA Player of the Year, he is one of the 30 Top Candidates at mid-season for both the John R. Wooden Award and the Naismith Trophy presented by Cingular Wireless.


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