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Nevada’s Grant Sherfield, Desmond Cambridge make NABC All-District 17 Teams

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Nevada guards Grant Sherfield and Desmond Cambridge were both named to The National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) All-District 17’s teams Tuesday.

Sherfield was given First Team honors, while Cambridge was named to the Second Team. Both were in their first season of eligibility at Nevada; Sherfield transferred from Wichita State last spring and Cambridge transferred from Brown in May of 2019.

The dynamic duo were essential pieces to the Wolf Pack core that finished 16-10 and 10-7 in Mountain West play. They accounted for 47.4 percent of the team’s scoring (908 of the team’s 1916 points), 46.4 percent of the team’s total made field goals (300-of-646), 57.7 percent of the total 3-pointers made (114-of-201), 45.4 of the team’s free throw makes (192-of-423), 59.1 percent of the team’s total assists (221-of-374) and 46.9 percent of the team’s total steals (68-of-145).

Through March 15, Sherfield posted the second-best scoring mark in the conference at 18.6 points per game — shooting 43.3 percent from the floor, 36.7 percent from 3-point range and 85.5 percent from the free-throw line. He led the Mountain West in assists (6.1 apg), steals (1.6 spg) and assist-to-turnover ratio (2.2).

Sherfield is the only player in the Mountain West and one of five nationally to average at least 18 points, six assists and one steal per contest.

The 6-foot-2 guard ranks atop the conference — and among the top-10 nationally — in made free throws (130) while his 85.5 free throw percentage ranks third.

He tallied 13 20-point performances, 11 coming in conference-play. Sherfield also had 16 games with multiple made 3-pointers — two fewer than Cambridge — with a conference-most 17 games with at least five assists.

Cambridge averaged 16.3 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game, shooting 40.9 percent from the floor, 34.8 percent from deep and 89.9 percent from the charity stripe. Among Mountain West players to shoot at least 60 free throws this season, Cambridge’s 89.9 free throw percentage trials only San Diego State’s Jordan Schakel (.908) for the conference’s best mark (Sherfield’s ranks fifth).

Cambridge, who tallied the third-most made 3-pointers (69) in the Mountain West, ranks behind Schakel in 3-pointers made per game and has logged one fewer game with multiple made 3-pointers.

The 6-foot-4 guard had eight 20-point performances, including a season-high 31 points on 11-of-19 shooting (4-of-8 from outside) in its 89-82 quarterfinal victory over Boise State in the Mountain West Tournament.

The 2020-21 NABC All-District was composed of 10 Mountain West players divided into two teams. Nobody had more than two players make the two teams; Nevada, San Diego State and Colorado State were the only schools to have more than one player.

Here is a look at the two All-District 17 teams:

2020-21 NABC All-District 17 Teams

First Team

  • Grant Sherfield, Nevada
  • David Roddy, Colorado State
  • Derrick Alston, Boise State
  • Matt Mitchell, San Diego State
  • Neemias Queta, Utah State

Second Team

  • Desmond Cambridge, Jr., Nevada
  • Isaiah Stevens, Colorado State
  • Bryce Hamilton, UNLV
  • Jordan Schakel, San Diego State
  • Orlando Robinson, Fresno State