April 2, 2013
RUSTON - The National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) announced Michael White as the 2013 District 6 Coach of the Year and guard Raheem Appleby as a first-team member of the All-District team.
The NABC currently has nearly 5,000 members consisting primarily of university and college men's basketball coaches who vote on the districts within Division I.
The awards are presented in 24 different districts with District 6 consisting of coaches and players only from the Western Athletic Conference and the Big Sky Conference.
Coach White led his Bulldogs to a 27-7 overall record, the second most wins in the program's 84-year history, and a 16-2 mark in conference that earned the team their first ever WAC regular season championship.
Appleby was recognized among the nation's best men's collegiate basketball student-athletes selected and voted on by member coaches of the NABC.
The Jacksonville, Ark. native totaled 506 points this season while averaging a team-high 14.9 points per game.
The sophomore also produced 20-plus points in nine games, including a career-high 34 points in a win at Georgia State.
Other first-team players included Chris Udofia (Denver), Davion Berry (Weber State), Kyle Barone (Idaho) and Will Cherry (Montana).
The National Association of Basketball Coaches was founded in 1927 by Phog Allen, the legendary basketball coach at the University of Kansas. Allen, a student of James Naismith, the inventor of basketball, organized coaches into this collective group to serve as Guardians of the Game.
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