George Mason senior forward Ryan Pearson added one final honor to his career with the Patriots on Monday, as he was selected an honorable mention on the 2012 Associated Press All-America men's basketball team. Pearson, the Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Year and a USBWA All-District honoree, was the lone selection from the conference.
Pearson is the third Mason player to ever receive the honor, joined by four-time honorable mention selection Carlos Yates (1982-85) and George Evans, selected in 2001.
Helping guide the Patriots to a 24-win season and a
third-place conference finish, Pearson led the team and ranked third in the CAA
scoring 17.0 points per game. The Far Rockaway, N.Y., native also ranks fifth
in the conference in rebounding, leading the Patriots with 8.2 rebounds per
contest. He has posted 12 double-doubles on the year, ranking 30th
in NCAA Division I. Pearson also ranks seventh in the conference in field goal
percentage, connecting on 50.3 percent of his attempts from the field.
Earlier this season, Pearson became just the fourth player
in program history and the only active CAA player to amass more than 1,500
points, 750 rebounds, 100 assists and 100 steals in his four-year career. His 562
points this year rank as the 12th-best single season performance in
school history, and he sits fifth in career scoring at 1,626 points and seventh
in career rebounds (806).
The full list of AP All-America selections can be found by clicking this link.