Courtesy of BucknellBison.com
LEWISBURG, Pa. — Bucknell senior guard Cameron Ayers is one of 25 Division I men’s basketball players named to the Lefty Driesell Defensive All-America Team by CollegeInsider.com. Each of the Defensive All-Americans are now eligible for the Lefty Driesell Defensive Player of the Year Award, which will be announced on Apr. 4 in Dallas as part of Final Four weekend.
The Lefty Driesell award is named in honor of coaching legend Lefty Driesell, who is the only person to ever win 100 games at four different Division I schools. He is best known for his time at Maryland, leading the program to the National Invitational Tournament title in 1972 and its second-ever ACC Tournament Championship in 1984. He finished his career at Maryland with a 348-159 record and concluded his career with an impressive 786-394 mark.
The 2013-14 Patriot League Player of the Year, Ayers is part of an impressive list of college stars on the Defensive All-America squad. He joins Khem Birch (UNLV), Alec Brown (Green Bay), Rhamel Brown (Manhattan), Willie Cauley-Stein (Kentucky), Tekele Cotton (Wichita State), Aaron Craft (Ohio State), Scott Eatherton (Northeastern), Joel Embiid (Kansas), Justin Jackson (Cincinnati), Jordair Jett (Saint Louis), Nick Johnson (Arizona), Du’Vaughn Maxwell (Hampton), K.J. McDaniels (Clemson), Daniel Miller (Georgia Tech), Chris Obekpa (St. John’s), Elfrid Payton (Louisiana Lafayette), Trevor Releford (Alabama), Marcus Smart (Oklahoma State), Kenneth Smith (Louisiana Tech), Corey Walden (Eastern Kentucky), Scottie Wilbekin (Florida), Kendall Williams (New Mexico), Briante Weber (VCU) and Patric Young (Florida).
Ayers was a three-time All-Patriot League selection, earning First Team honors in each of the last two seasons and Second Team recognition as a sophomore. This year he became the sixth Bison to claim the Patriot League Player of the Year award, and he was also named to the NABC All-Region Team.
This season Ayers ranked third in the Patriot League in scoring at 15.4 points per game, and his 16.2 average in league games ranked No. 2. He shot 40.2 percent from 3-point range and 85.8 percent from the free-throw line.
Ayers scored in double figures in 28 of the team’s 30 games, including a career-best 22 in a row in one stretch. Ayers scored a career-high 25 points in a close loss at St. John’s, and he hit 5 of 6 from 3-point range and scored 19 points in a win at Penn State.
Ayers had a terrific run during league play when he scored 20 or more points in four straight and six out of eight games. He scored 22 points in a big home win over Army, including 13 during a game-ending 23-9 run, which led to his second Patriot League Player of the Week honor of the season. Ayers’ 22-point performance at Loyola was capped off by the game-winning 3-pointer with 16 seconds remaining.
In Bucknell’s home victory over Lehigh, Ayers became the ninth player in program history to eclipse the 1,500-point plateau. He will graduate ranked eighth all-time with 1,526 points.
Ayers was also one of the league’s top defensive guards this season on a team that allowed only 64.1 points per game. He is part of the winningest senior class in program history. He participated in 94 victories over the last four years, the most of any Bucknell player ever.