SOSU's Babers Named NABC All-American

3-22-07 - Southeastern Oklahoma State's Eric Babers is among the 16 NCAA Division II basketball players to be named All Americans Thursday by the National Assocation of Basketball Coaches.

Babers was also named NABC first-team All-South Central Region, while teammate Jason Stampley was named to the second team.

Savage Storm coach Tony Robinson was named the region's Coach of the Year after guiding the team to a 27-5 record and to its first trip to the NCAA Division Tournament where it advanced to the regional championship game.

SOSU also claimed its first outright LSC North Division championship while obtaining its first national ranking since joining the NCAA in 1998. The Savage Storm also earned the program's highest ever national ranking, topping out at No. 4 late this season.

Babers, who was selected sec ond-team Daktronics' All American earlier this week, averaged 19.8 points, 10.8 rebounds and 4.1 assists while blocking 79 shots and notching 34 steals.

The 6-8 forward from Coushatta, La. was also named South Central Region Co-Player of the Year earlier this month after he earned the same honor in the Lone Star Conference North Division for a second-straight year. He also was an LSC North first-team selection for a third time after he was recognized as the division's freshman of the year in 2004.

He finished his career as the fourth all-time scorer in SOSU history (1,883 points), the second all-time rebounder (1,030), is third in all-time assists (314), is first in career blocks (221) and second in career steals (140).

Babers was also selected to play in the NABC/Division II All Star Game Friday in Springfield, Mass.

Stampley earned second-team all-region honors after averaging 17.4 points per game for the second season in a row.

The 6-0 guard from Baton Rouge, La. ranked among national leaders in 3-point makes (111) and 3-point accuracy (.385).

Stampley closes his career as the most prolific 3-point shooter in school history finishing with 322 career makes, which ranks second in Lone Star Conference history. He also ranks fourth in career steals finishing with 134.