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Eastern Washington senior Bogdan Bliznyuk named honorable mention All-American

UPDATED: Tue., March 27, 2018, 4:06 p.m.

Eastern Washington’s Bogdan Bliznyuk (32) drives past Southern Utah’s Dwayne Morgan in a men’s Big Sky Tournament semi-final game held at the Reno Events Center on Friday, March 9, 2018 in Reno, Nevada. (Tom R. Smedes / Associated Press)
Eastern Washington’s Bogdan Bliznyuk (32) drives past Southern Utah’s Dwayne Morgan in a men’s Big Sky Tournament semi-final game held at the Reno Events Center on Friday, March 9, 2018 in Reno, Nevada. (Tom R. Smedes / Associated Press)

A remarkable season got even better Tuesday for Eastern Washington senior Bogdan Bliznyuk.

After breaking almost every school record and becoming the leading scorer in Big Sky Conference history, Bliznyuk was named an honorable mention All-American by the Associated Press.

Bliznyuk is the fifth All-American honoree at Eastern, following Alvin Snow in 2004, Rodney Stuckey in 2006 and 2007, Tyler Harvey in 2015 and Jacob Wiley last year.

At the Big Sky Tournament earlier this month in Reno, Nevada, Bliznyuk became the all-time leading scorer in Big Sky and EWU history with 2,169 points, breaking the previous league record of 2,102 and smashing the previous school record of 1,803 held by former teammate Venky Jois.

In setting 16 school records, Bliznyuk scored at least 20 points in 44 games. He also closed his career with a variety of Big Sky Conference Tournament marks and a NCAA Division I single-season free-throw record with 77 straight makes.

Earlier this month, Bliznyuk was named first-team All-District 6 by the National Association of Basketball Coaches.

On Monday, Bliznyuk was selected to play in the Reese’s College All-Star game, to be held Friday at the site of the NCAA Final Four in San Antonio.


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