T.J. Heatherington named NAIA DII First Team All-American
March 14, 2012
T.J. Heatherington led the country in scoring at 24.5 ppg this year. Photo by Lyddia Ankrom.
PITTSBURGH -- In a season in which he led the nation in scoring and was fourth in assists, Point Park University junior point guard T.J. Heatherington was named an NAIA Division II Men's Basketball First Team All-American on Wednesday (March 14).
Heatherington, a 5-10 native of McKeesport, Pa., and a graduate of Serra Catholic High School, averaged a national-best 24.5 ppg and was fourth with 6.2 assists per game this year. He is one of 10 players on the NAIA DII First Team All-American list that was announced from the national tournament site Wednesday.
He is just the third player in the 45-year history of Point Park men's basketball to be a First Team All-American. He joins Kenny Walls (1993-94) and Chivas Whipple (2006-07) in reaching that status.
Heatherington, the 2011-12 AMC Player of the Year, is the eighth player at Point Park to land on the NAIA All-American first, second or third team.
Heatherington put up 30 or more points 10 times this year including a career-high of 42 Jan. 4 at Salem International. The 42 points were just three off tying the school record. He also had 10 assists that game for one of his three doubles in points and assists.
Heatherington's 24.5 ppg average was nearly two points per game better than the next closest competitor. That average is the third-best, single-season mark for the Pioneers.
He has 1,167 career points to rank 12th in school history. His 352 assists rank eighth, and he is third all-time in free throws made with 343. Heatherington's 80.9-percent free-throw shooting ranks sixth in Point Park history.
Heatherington is a two-time All-AMC selection with career averages of 18.8 ppg and 5.7 apg. This is the first year in which he has received All-American honors. He was All-AMC first team this season and All-AMC second team as a freshman. He sufferred a knee injury that had him miss the second half of his sophomore season but rebounded in 2011-12.
Heatherington set a school record this year with his 216 free throws made. He was 21 of 24 from the line Jan. 21 vs. Roberts Wesleyan to set a Point Park record for foul shots made in a game and also tied a school mark for free throws attempted in a game.
For the complete list of NAIA DII All-Americans, click here: http://tinyurl.com/8ysyr98