Neitzel Named The Associated Press Preseason All-American
Nov. 6, 2007
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State senior guard Drew Neitzel has been named to The Associated Press Preseason All-American Team. He is joined by North Carolina's Tyler Hansbrough, Georgetown's Roy Hibbert, Tennessee's Chris Lofton and UCLA's Darren Collison.
In 2006-07, Neitzel averaged a team-best 18.1 points per game, ranking fourth in the Big Ten in scoring. He scored 20 or more points in 17 games. He made 114-of-277 3-point attempts, ranking as the second-best single-season total for made 3-pointers in MSU history. He led the Big Ten in free-throw percentage (.879) and 3-point field goals made per game (3.26 pg), while ranking second in minutes played per game (35.69 mpg), fourth in scoring (18.1 ppg), fifth in assists (4.31 apg) and assist-to-turnover ratio (1.84) and seventh in 3-point field-goal percentage (.412). Neitzel earned The Associated Press honorable mention All-America honors, and was named a second-team All-American by both Dick Vitale and CBS Sportsline.com. Additionally, he became MSU's first All-Big Ten first team honoree since 2004.
This is the latest in a string of preseason accolades for Neitzel. He is a candidate for both the Naismith Trophy and the John R. Wooden Award. He has also earned All-America recognition from Athlon Sports College Basketball, Basketball Times, Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook and Dick Vitale.
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