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WWU’s Bragg named second-team Daktronics West Region all-star

WWU’s Bragg named second-team Daktronics West Region all-star

Austin Bragg vs. Alaska Fairbanks. January 2014. Photo: KPUG/WWU Staff

BELLINGHAM, Wash. — Western Washington University men’s basketball center Austin Bragg has been named a second-team Daktronics West Region all-star in an announcement made Thursday.

Bragg, a senior from Longview, averaged 17.3 points on 58.7 percent (178-of-303) field-goal shooting and 8.8 rebounds, and blocked 49 shots, all team-leading figures for the Vikings. Those numbers all ranked among the top five in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference.

Bragg, a first-team GNAC all-star, had just the second triple-double in school history and only the third in GNAC history on Feb. 1 in a 99-76 victory over Alaska Anchorage, finishing with 13 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists.

The 6-foot-9 Bragg topped the GNAC in double-doubles with 11 and scored double-figure points in 26 games. He twice earned GNAC Player of the Week honors, earning one for having 20 points, 13 rebounds and five blocks in a 72-69 win over nationally No.1-ranked Metro State on Nov. 30.

Bragg scored a career-high 32 points in a 94-91 win over Central Washington on Feb. 22, and had 30 points and a career-high 17 rebounds against Simon Fraser in an 82-69 victory on Jan. 11.

WWU finished 20-8 overall, placed second in the GNAC regular-season standings at 13-5, and reached the championship game of the GNAC Tournament.

Last season, Bragg helped the Vikings to a school-record tying 31 wins, a West Regional title and the NCAA II national semifinals. His two-year career totals were 791 points on 56.5 percent (297-of-526) floor accuracy, 494 rebounds and 92 blocks.

Bragg, a graduate of Mark Morris High School, transferred to WWU from Clark CC.

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