March 29, 2011
CINCINNATI --- Xavier University junior guard Tu Holloway has been named Third Team All-American by the Associated Press, adding to his extensive resumé of postseason accolades. Holloway also joined an exclusive club of XU players after earning this prestigious honor.
Holloway is the third Xavier player to earn AP first, second or third team honors and only the second to do it as an underclassman. David West earned AP Second Team honors as a junior in the 2001-02 season before earning AP National Player of the Year honors as a senior in the 2002-03 season. Byron Larkin earned AP Third team honors as a senior in the 1987-88 season.
Holloway, the 2010-11 Atlantic 10 Conference Player of the Year, had previously been named 2010-11 Third Team All-American by Sporting News, Basketball Times, SI.com, CBSSports.com and FOXSports.com. In addition, he was selected to the 2010-11 Lute Olson All-America team (collegeinsider.com) and Lefty Driesell Defensive All-America team (collegeinsider.com).
Holloway led Xavier and was among the A-10 leaders this season in scoring (19.7 ppg.), assists (5.4 apg.), steals (1.4 spg.) and free throw percentage (.870). In addition, the 6-0 Holloway grabbed 5.0 rebounds per game.
Holloway, who recorded two triple-doubles this season and missed by one rebound of recording a third, has climbed up to 26th on Xavier’s all-time scoring list with 1,238 career points. Holloway broke the Xavier single-game free throw percentage mark with a 17-of-17 effort at Richmond on Jan. 29, while breaking the single season XU marks for free throws made (235) and free throws attempted (270) that were previously held by 2003 National Player of the Year David West.
Xavier, 24-8 overall and ranked No. 20 in the final Associated Press Poll, earned its sixth straight trip to the NCAA Tournament and its 10th NCAA berth in 11 years. XU won the Atlantic 10 Conference Regular Season Championship outright at 15-1, marking the fifth straight year that Xavier has won at least a share of the A-10 Regular Season Championship.