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Big Rapids, Mich. - Ferris State University men's basketball senior guard Drew Lehman (Toledo, Ohio/Central Catholic) will have the opportunity to play yet another collegiate contest as he has been chosen among the nation's best slated to participate in the 2015 Reese's Division II College All-Star Game as selected by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC).
Lehman is among 20 of the top players in Division II basketball chosen for the all-star contest, which will take place this Friday (March 27) evening at 7 p.m. (CT) inside the Ford Center in Evansville, Ind. The game will be played in conjunction with the Division II Elite Eight this week and is sponsored by Reese's, the official candy partner of the NCAA.
"This is a great honor for Drew and we're thrilled he's been selected to participate in the game," said FSU head coach Andy Bronkema. "He's been a tremendous player and ambassador for our program and is certainly very deserving to be among the top players in the nation competing in this contest."
Lehman is the only player from the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) chosen to participate in the game and one of only three from the entire Midwest Region. He's only the second FSU player to ever be chosen for the game, joining former standout and Division II National Player of the Year Justin Keenan, who participated in 2011.
Lehman will play for the West All-Stars in the contest and be coached by legendary and longtime Division II head coach Lonnie Porter of Regis (Colo.) University. The all-star participants will have their travel expenses covered by the NCAA and are scheduled to arrive and practice on Thursday leading up to the contest. They will also be introduced in conjunction with Thursday's national semifinals. The game features two senior student-athletes from each of the eight regions in Division II along with four at-large selections.
The game will be one of two all-star outings in which Lehman will participate this week as he was also recently selected to compete in the annual Champions of Character West Michigan All-Star Game, which takes place on Wednesday (March 25) night at Davenport University in Grand Rapids.
The Bulldog senior guard was a first-team All-Midwest Region selection this past season by both the NABC and Daktronics after guiding the Bulldogs to the school's 10th NCAA Tournament appearance in his final campaign.
In 2014-15, Lehman averaged a personal career-high 18.3 points per game while ranking among the league leaders in scoring, assists and three-point field goals. He reached double-figure scoring 27 times this season and compiled 20 points or more in 15 games, including twice with 37 points or more. Lehman tallied a personal-best 38 points as the Bulldogs beat Lake Superior State in the 2015 GLIAC Tournament Championship Game on March 8 in Sault Ste. Marie, earning the GLIAC Tourney Most Valuable Player honor.
The 6-0 Lehman wrapped up his Bulldog career ranked 11th on the school's all-time scoring list with 1,463 career points and finished third in career three-point field goals with 174 over his four seasons of action. The four-year letterwinner also concluded his career ranked 10th in career assists with 298 total. This season, Lehman finished with 585 total points in 32 games, which ranks ninth on the school's single-season leaders list. His 74 three's as a senior also marks the fifth-best seasonal performance in Bulldog annals.
A two-time All-GLIAC honoree, Lehman claimed first team all-conference status this past year. He wrapped up the year third in scoring, fifth in three-pointers made, sixth in assists and 10th in steals for all games played among league players in the 2014-15 campaign.
Lehman led the Bulldogs to a 23-9 overall record this past season in his final campaign. In addition to the NCAA Tourney appearance and winning the GLIAC Tournament Championship this year, the Bulldogs' season was also highlighted by several other accomplishments including a top 20 national ranking, a 15-game regular season win streak, an exhibition victory over NCAA Division I Bowling Green and several signature wins such as the team's first-ever victory at Findlay's Croy Gymnasium. FSU also led the GLIAC in attendance during the regular season.
Located in Kansas City, Mo., the NABC was founded in 1927 by Forrest "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. The NABC currently has nearly 5,000 members consisting primarily of university and college men's basketballcoaches.
All members of the NABC are expected to uphold the core values of being a Guardian of the Game by bringing attention to the positive aspects of the sport of basketball and the role coaches play in the academic and athletic lives of today's student-athletes. The four core values of being a Guardian of the Game are advocacy, leadership, service and education. Additional information about the NABC, itsprograms and membership, can be found at www.nabc.org.
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Ferris State's Drew Lehman Chosen To Play In 2015 Reese's Division II All-Star Game
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