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Eastern Washington’s Jacob Wiley named honorable mention All-America

Eastern Washington University forward Jacob Wiley (24) beats Idaho State center Novak Topalovic (13) to the basket, Feb. 25, 2017, in Cheney, Wash. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)
Eastern Washington University forward Jacob Wiley (24) beats Idaho State center Novak Topalovic (13) to the basket, Feb. 25, 2017, in Cheney, Wash. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)

The growing list of accolades by Eastern Washington’s Jacob Wiley has put him on a platform with a trio of EWU all-time greats.

Wiley was named by Associated Press as an honorable mention All-America selection on Tuesday, becoming just the fourth Eagle to earn that honor in 34 seasons as a member of NCAA Division I. Alvin Snow was the first in 2004, with Rodney Stuckey earning back-to-back awards in 2006 and 2007. Tyler Harvey was the latest to be recognized in 2015.

Wiley will be married on April 8, then will head for Portsmouth, Virginia, for the 65th Annual Portsmouth Invitational Tournament. The PIT features 64 of the nation’s top college seniors competing in a four-day, 12-game event in front of team representatives throughout the National Basketball Association. This year’s tournament will take place April 12-15 at Churchland High School.

Wiley was selected as the MVP of the Big Sky Conference in his lone season as an Eagle, and went on to earn first team All-District 6 honors from the National Association of Basketball Coaches. He graduated from Newport High School in 2012.

Wiley made Big Sky Conference history in the 2016-17 season by becoming just the second player in league history to score at least 639 points and have at least 303 rebounds in a single season in the league’s 54-year existence. Montana’s Larry Krystkowiak (now head coach at Utah) is the other player to have at least 639/303 in the same year, and he had 709 points and 364 rebounds in the 1985-86 season.

Wiley finished the season ranked sixth in NCAA Division I in field goal percentage (.643), eighth in blocked shots (2.76 per game), 29th in scoring (20.4), 48th in rebounds (9.1) and 112th in free throw percentage (.828). En route to earning league MVP honors, he led the Big Sky in field goal percentage, rebounds and scoring, and was sixth in scoring. In league-only statistics, Wiley led in scoring (24.6), rebounding (10.3), blocked shots (2.5) and field goal percentage (.659).

EWU’s Associated Press All-America Selections

2004 Alvin Snow (honorable mention)

2006 Rodney Stuckey (honorable mention)

2007 Rodney Stuckey (honorable mention)

2015 Tyler Harvey (honorable mention)

2017 Jacob Wiley (honorable mention)


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