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Weber, Smith earn All-American honors

Tim Weber and Alexi Smith both earned All-American honors while Eric Thompson and Ashley Claussen were voted honorable mentions as the NAIA Division II basketball All-American teams were announced Wednesday.

Weber, a senior on the men's team that advanced to the national quarterfinals, earned second team honors and Smith, a senior who led the women to the Sweet 16, landed on the third team. Thompson, a senior who led the SOU men in points and rebounds, nabbed his third honorable mention nod after gaining second-team All-American honors a year ago.

Weber, Thompson and former NAIA Player of the Year Shea Washington are the only SOU men's basketball players to be voted first- or second-team All-Americans. Weber and Thompson both hail from Roseburg High School and had previously earned Capital One Academic All-American honors.

Weber averaged 12.4 points, an NAIA-best 7.8 assists and 6.6 rebounds for the Raiders, who advanced to the Cascade Conference championship game to secure their second national tourney bid in the last three years. The 6-foot-8 guard shattered SOU's single-season assist record by dishing out 281 and finished as the program's all-time leading assist man with 531. 

Thompson, a 6-foot-8 forward, averaged 19.2 points and 7.4 rebounds and was a bright spot for the Raiders in their quarterfinal loss to Embry-Riddle, posting 26 points and hitting 5 of 8 3-point attempts. Thompson finished as the program's all-time leading scorer with 2,465 career points.

Smith, a 6-foot frontcourt player, led the SOU women in points per game (13.8) and rebounds per game (7.5) and ranks sixth all-time at SOU in both career scoring and rebounding. 

Claussen, a junior guard, averaged 10.5 points, 5.1 assists, 3.8 rebounds and 1.1 steals to help the Raiders reach the second round of the national tournament for the first time in 16 years. 

Joe Zavala can be reached at 541-821-0829 or jzavala@dailytidings.com.