Dagunduro Leads Huskers With Big 12 Honors

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Senior guard Ade Dagunduro led three Huskers who earned postseason accolades Sunday as he was selected to the All-Big 12 third team by a vote of the league's head coaches. Dagunduro was the only Husker to earn a selection by the league's head coaches, but he was joined by junior guard Ryan Anderson and senior guard Paul Velander on specialty teams selected by sports writers who regularly cover the Big 12 Conference.

In addition to being a third-team all-league selection, Dagunduro was also chosen by the coaches as a part of the six-man Big 12 All-Defensive Team. The honors were the first of Dagunduro's career from the league coaches, as he was a Big 12 All-Newcomer Team selection by the sports writers last season.

Dagunduro's selection marks the third straight season a Husker was named to one of the coaches' top three all-league teams. He joined Aleks Maric, who was a second-team performer each of his last two seasons under coach Doc Sadler.

Dagunduro started the season slowly but has picked up the pace significantly in the conference season. He leads the team with 12.7 points per game overall, but has averaged a team-best 14.8 points per game on 53.5 percent shooting in conference action. He ranks in the top 20 in conference play in scoring average (14th), rebounding (4.8 rpg, 17th) and field-goal percentage (4th).

A starter in all 29 games this season, Dagunduro has helped the Huskers rank 16th nationally and first in the Big 12 Conference in scoring defense, allowing just 59.4 points per game. He is fourth on the team in steals and leads the squad in rebounding while continually defending players in the post who stand 4-6 inches taller.

Along with the coaches teams announced Sunday, Dagunduro was selected to the sports writers' All-Underrated Team while Anderson and Velander were also honored for their strong play this year. Anderson, a 6-4, 205-pounder who normally plays the 4 spot, was chosen for a spot on the sports writers' All-Defensive Team while Velander, who has made only three starts in his 89-game career, was picked as a member of the All-Reserve Team.

Anderson has been strong down the stretch for the Huskers, averaging 10.2 points over past six games while hitting 52.4 percent from the floor, including 41.7 percent (10-of-24) from 3-point range. He also has 16 assists and five turnovers while collecting seven steals in that frame. On the year, Anderson has averaged 7.1 points and 3.9 rebounds per game while ranking third on the team with 39 steals. He is eighth in Big 12 action with 1.4 steals per game.

Velander has put together a strong senior season despite struggling over the past month. He leads the Huskers and ranks in the top 10 in the conference in 3-pointers (58) and 3-point field-goal percentage (42.0). He needs four treys to move into the Nebraska single-season top 10. Earlier this year he moved onto the Huskers' career charts for 3-pointers (126) and 3-point percentage (39.7).

The complete All-Big 12 teams as voted on by the league's head coaches can be viewed in the attached PDF. Among the teams are first, second, third and honorable-mention teams as well as the All-Defensive and All-Rookie teams. Individual honors handed out Sunday also included player, newcomer, rookie and defensive player of the year along with the coach-of-the-year award.

Also attached in PDF are the Big 12 Specialty Teams selected by the league's sportswriters.


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