Taylor Stafford Named All-West Region

March 13, 2017

BELLINGHAM, Wash. – Western Washington University senior guard Taylor Stafford has been voted a first-team selection to the 2016-17 Division 2 Collegiate Commissioners Association Men’s Basketball All-West Region team.

Stafford (Chicago, IL) adds the All-West Region honor to his Great Northwest Athletic Conference Player of the Year, GNAC Newcomer of the Year and GNAC Tournament MVP awards. He also was named the GNAC Player of the Week four times during the season, tying the single-season conference record.

Stafford piloted the Vikings to both the GNAC regular-season and tournament titles, ranking third in the conference and 15th in NCAA Division II averaging 22.7 points per game. Stafford became the first player in WWU history to score 700 points in a season (706) and recorded the second-best scoring average in a single season by a Viking player. He scored 20 or more points in 20 of 31 games, and led the GNAC with eight games with 30 or more points.

Stafford becomes the eighth WWU player to be selected to the CCA First Team All-West Region team (formerly Daktronics), and the first since John Allen and Paul Jones in 2012-13.

He is now eligible for the D2CCA All-America team, which will be announced prior to the 2016-17 NCAA Division II Elite Eight on March 20. The D2CCA all-region teams are voted on by sports information directors at each of the NCAA DII schools and the three conference offices in the west region.

2016-17 D2CCA Men’s Basketball All-West Region Teams

First Team

Name

School

Ht.

Year

Position

Hometown

Conference Honors

Michael Smith

California Baptist

6-4

Senior

Guard

San Francisco, CA

PacWest 1st, POY

Taylor Stafford

Western Washington

6-1

Senior

Guard

Chicago, IL

GNAC 1st, POY

Adam Klie

UC San Diego

6-4

Senior

Guard

Anchorage, AK

CCAA 1st, POY

Chauncey Orr

Hawaii Pacific

6-4

Senior

Guard

Bowling Green, OH

PacWest 1st

*Suki Wiggs

Alaska Anchorage

6-4

Senior

Guard

Seattle, WA

GNAC 1st

Second Team

Name

School

Ht.

Year

Position

Hometown

Honors

Kalidou Diouf

California Baptist

6-9

Junior

Forward

Heidelberg, Germany

PacWest 1st

Warren Jackson

San Francisco State

6-0

Junior

Guard

Detroit, MI

CCAA 1st

Tanner Omlid

Western Oregon

6-3

Junior

Forward

Monmouth, OR

GNAC 1st, DPOY

Connor Looney

Hawaii Pacific

6-2

Senior

Guard

Palmer, AK

PacWest 1st, DPOY

Rohndell Goodwin

Chaminade

6-5

Senior

Guard

Oakland, CA

PacWest 1st

*-First-Team All-D2CCA in 2015-16.

Player of the Year: Michael Smith, California Baptist

 

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