April 1, 2013
FORT COLLINS, Colo. – Colorado State’s Colton Iverson, a 2013 first-team all-Mountain West selection, and USBWA and NABC all-district honoree, added yet another postseason recognition to his résumé on Monday, when the senior center was tabbed as an honorable mention All-American by the Associated Press.
Iverson, a native of Yankton, S.D., who transferred to Colorado State following his junior season (2010-11) at Minnesota, made the most of his one year on the court for the Rams, leading CSU to one of the best seasons in program history in 2012-13. The Rams won a school-record 26 games and advanced to the third round of the NCAA tournament, before being knocked out by title-favorite Louisville on March 23 in Lexington, Ky.
Behind the play of Iverson, the Rams boasted one of the nation’s top rebounding attacks and most efficient offenses. Iverson ranked ninth nationally in field-goal percentage (.556), and Colorado State ranked as a top-50 scoring offense, averaging 72.9 points per contest. Iverson averaged a team-high 14.2 points per game, and notched 14 double-doubles on the year, good enough for 20th in the NCAA.
On the glass, Iverson was the No. 20 rebounder in the country, pulling down a Mountain West leading 9.8 boards per game. As a team, the Rams led the NCAA in rebounding margin, out-boarding opponents by an average of nearly 12 rebounds per game.
Iverson’s impact was also felt on the defensive end of the floor, as the 6-10 center posted a team-leading 25 blocks and altered countless other shots, while routinely shutting down opponents inside the paint.
Iverson becomes the third player in school history to be honored on the AP All-America list, joining CSU greats Bill Green (1963 consensus All-American) and Lonnie Wright (1965 AP honorable mention).
2013 AP All-America Team
• Trey Burke, Michigan
• Otto Porter Jr., Georgetown
• Victor Oladipo, Indiana
• Doug McDermott, Creighton
• Kelly Olynyk, Gonzaga
• Marcus Smart, Oklahoma State
• Cody Zeller, Indiana
• Mason Plumlee, Duke
• Shane Larkin, Miami
• Ben McLemore, Kansas
• DeShaun Thomas, Ohio State
• Jeff Withey, Kansas
• Russ Smith, Louisville
• Erick Green, Virginia Tech
• Nate Wolters, South Dakota State
Kyle Barone, Idaho; Jerrelle Benimon, Towson; Anthony Bennett, UNLV; Tommy Brenton, Stony Brook; Sherwood Brown, Florida Gulf Coast; Isaiah Canaan, Murray State; Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Georgia; Michael Carter-Williams, Syracuse; Ian Clark, Belmont; Jake Cohen, Davidson. Jack Cooley, Notre Dame; D.J. Cooper, Ohio; Allen Crabbe, California; Aaron Craft, Ohio State; Seth Curry, Duke; Matthew Dellavedova, Saint Mary's; Gorgui Dieng, Louisville; James Ennis, Long Beach State; Chris Flores, NJIT; Jamal Franklin, San Diego State. Ian Hummer, Princeton; Colton Iverson, Colorado State; Joe Jackson, Memphis; Kareem Jamar, Montana; Lamont Jones, Iona; Ray McCallum, Detroit; Rodney McGruder, Kansas State; Shabazz Muhammad, UCLA; Erik Murphy, Florida (1 first-team vote); Mike Muscala, Bucknell. Stan Okoye, VMI; Jamal Olasewere, LIU Brooklyn; Phil Pressey, Missouri; Augustine Rubit, South Alabama; Peyton Siva, Louisville (1); Taylor Smith, Stephen F. Austin; Omar Strong, Texas Southern; Kendall Williams, New Mexico; Pendarvis Williams, Norfolk State; Khalif Wyatt, Temple.