April 3, 2012
Cullowhee, N.C. -
Western Carolina redshirt senior men's basketball player Harouna Mutombo was today selected to the 2011-12 University Division All-State Men's Basketball team by the North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association (NCCSIA). Mutombo was named to the second team by the group after helping guide the Catamounts to 17 victories on the season and a runner-up finish in the Southern Conference championship final.
Ten players representing eight different North Carolina universities were named to the 2011-12 NCCSIA University Division All-State Teams. UNC Asheville's Matt Dickey and J.P. Primm headlined the first team with Mutombo joined by Elon teammates Jack Isenbarger and Lucas Troutman on the second squad.
Nominees for the annual all-state awards were submitted by North Carolina sports information professionals with NCCSIA members voting on the 10-member team, naming four squads between men and women in both the college and University (NCAA Division I) levels.
The honor is the second of Mutombo's career as he garnered first team All-State accolades following his SoCon Freshman of the year campaign in 2008-09.
A native of Pickering, Ontario, Canada, Mutombo led the Catamounts with a 13.9 point and 5.9 rebounds per game average during the 2011-12 season, starting 31 of the 35 games on the year. His 13.9 points per game ranked him 11th in the SoCon. He scored in double figures 27 times including a stretch of nine-consecutive to end the season while surpassing the 20-point plateau six times. He also averaged nearly two assists and 1.5 steals per game in his final season for the Purple & Gold.
Mutombo scored a season-high 24 points in the home win over The Citadel and posted a pair of double-doubles with 18 points, 12 rebounds at Purdue and 18 points, 13 boards in the home win over eventual Big South Champion, UNC Asheville.
Snubbed by both the coaches and media on the post-season All-SoCon squads, Mutombo proceeded to score 75 points in four games - averaging 18.8 points and six rebounds - during Western Carolina's four-game run to the SoCon tournament final. He, along with three teammates, garnered all-tournament team honors - the third of his illustrious Catamount career with the four honorees the most in one tournament all-time by WCU.
Mutombo finished his WCU career with 1,578 career points, averaging a dozen points per game for four seasons. He also pulled down 684 career rebounds, averaging 5.2 boards per game as a swing guard and small forward for the Catamounts. All told, Mutombo played in 132 of the 133 possible games over his four-year career, averaging 28.9 minutes per game with 106 appearances in the starting five.