Fontana High School product Ira Graham has been selected to play in the National Association of Basketball Coaches Division II All-Star Game at the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass., on Friday. The event is held in conjunction with the Elite Eight.
It will be a nice honor for Graham, whose Western Washington University team lost to Seattle Pacific in a West Region quarterfinal on its own home court. He was visably upset after that loss despite having done his part with 29 points.
Now his last collegiate game doesn’t have to be a loss.
Earlier this month the 6-foot-1 senior guard earned Great Northwest Athletic Conference Player of the Year honors. He also was named to the first-team All-West Daktronics and NABC teams.
He finished his four-year career with 1,465 points, tying him for seventh among school leaders. This season he averaged 19.1 points and 3.2 assists and became the first player in school history with two 500-point seasons.
The all-star game is comprised of teams from the East and West, with at least two players from each of the eight regions competing. The 20 participants in the all-star game were chosen from a pool of 265 teams.