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BYU basketball: Cougar forward Tyler Haws named AP honorable mention All-American

Published: Monday, March 31 2014 9:27 p.m. MDT

BYU's Tyler Haws celebrates during a Cougar run, as BYU and Oregon play Thursday, March 20, 2014 in the second round of the 2014 NCAA tournament in Milwaukee. Oregon won 87-68.

Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

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PROVO — Having finished the season as one of the nation’s leading scorers, BYU junior guard Tyler Haws was named an Associated Press honorable mention All-American Monday.

Haws became the first Cougar player to earn All-America honors since Jimmer Fredette, who was a consensus All-American in 2011.

As a junior, Haws averaged 23.2 points per game — No. 6 in the country — and was the West Coast Conference Player of the Year. He helped lead BYU to a 23-12 record and the NCAA tournament, where the Cougars fell to Oregon in the second round.

Haws is No. 5 overall at BYU in all-time scoring with 1,944 points. He is the highest-scoring player through his junior year in school history. Previously, Danny Ainge collected 1,685 points through his junior season.

Haws enters his senior year only 656 points shy of the BYU career scoring record. He could supplant Fredette as BYU’s No. 1 scorer late next season.

If Haws maintains his career per-game scoring average (18.7), it would take 35 games to eclipse Fredette, who finished with 2,599 points.

The past two seasons, Haws has averaged 21.7 and 23.2 points per game, respectively.

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