Williams and Dia make C-USA 3rd team

SMU's junior forward Papa Dia and senior guard Derek Williams were selected to the 2010 All-Conference USA Third Team. It is the first time SMU has had multiple All-Conference selections since the 2001-02 season.

IRVING, Texas (SMU/C-USA) - SMU's junior forward Papa Dia and senior guard Derek Williams were selected to the 2010 All-Conference USA Third Team. It is the first time SMU has had multiple All-Conference selections since the 2001-02 season. The two helped SMU to its highest win total (7) and best finish (tied for 7th) in C-USA as well as its best seeding (No. 8) at the C-USA Championship. SMU faces No. 9-seed UCF in the first round of the GMC Sierra C-USA Championship on Wednesday at 8:30 p.m.

Papa Dia is averaging 12.5 points (15th C-USA), 8.7 rebounds (5th C-USA), 1.3 blocks (6th C-USA), 1.3 assists, and 0.8 steals while shooting 54.1 percent (4th C-USA) from the field and 80.5 percent at the free throw line (5th C-USA). He has 8 or more rebounds 17 times this season and his 3.1 offensive rebounds per game are third in C-USA. In league games, he averaged 13.9 points (13th C-USA), 9.1 rebounds (4th C-USA), and 1.4 blocks (4th C-USA). He has ten double-doubles on the season, including sixth in C-USA games). His 16 rebounds at Tulane tied for the second-most in a C-USA game this year. Dia 23 points, 14 rebounds, 2 blocks, and a steal in the 70-60 win against Memphis. He also had a career-high 31 points with 12 rebounds, 2 blocks, 2 assists, and a steal in 94-83 win over Houston. He concluded the regular-season with 18 points and 13 rebounds against Marshall.

Derek Williams leads the team in scoring at 16.6 per game (4th C-USA) and has scored 20 or more points 10 times, including six times in C-USA games. He is averaging 3.6 assists (10th C-USA) and has a 1.5 assist/turnover ratio (9th C-USA) in 36.3 minutes per game (3rd C-USA). In league play, he averaged 16.6 points (4th C-USA), 4.0 assists (9th C-USA) and has a 1.6 assist/turnover ratio (9th C-USA) while shooting 41.9 percent on field goals (15th C-USA) and 34.7 percent on 3-pointers. He led C-USA at 39.2 minutes per league game and played 40 minutes in ten C-USA games; missing just 13 minutes of game time in league play. Williams is on pace to be the highest ranked scorer for SMU since joining C-USA in 2005-06. He has 499 points this season and would be just the 17th player to score 500 points in a season.

Players from five different schools are represented on the 2010 All-Conference USA men's basketball first-team. Seniors Aubrey Coleman of Houston and Ben Uzoh of Tulsa are joined by juniors Elijah Millsap of UAB and Randy Culpepper of UTEP, along with sophomore Elliot Williams of Memphis. All five players are guards. Voting on the awards was done by the C-USA head coaches and media members in each conference city.


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