March 29, 2011
QUEENS, N.Y. - St. John's guard Dwight Hardy capped a record-breaking senior campaign by being named an Honorable Mention AP All-American, the 65-member national media panel announced on Monday night.
Hardy is the first St. John's player to be named an AP All-American since Erick Barkley was an Honorable Mention AP All-American for the 1999-2000 season.
Earlier this month, Hardy earned the District II Player of the Year honors by the United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) and was named to its All-District team. Hardy was a first-team All-BIG EAST selection and the conference's Most Improved Player. He was also named a candidate for the nation's player of the year as a top 20 finalist for the prestigious Wooden Award.
Hardy finished the season averaging a team-best 18.3 points, which ranks fourth in the BIG EAST. Hardy was one of the top 3-point shooters in the BIG EAST, making 62 treys to average 1.9 per game and rank 12th in the conference. He was named BIG EAST Player of the Week a league-leading three times and earned weekly honors from the league five times in 2010-11.
After making the move from the team's shooting guard and sixth man to starting point guard and scoring leader, Hardy led the Red Storm on an exciting ride in 2011, culminating in the program's first NCAA Tournament appearance since a 2002 trip that was vacated by the NCAA. He was at his best in St. John's six wins over ranked opponents, a program high since 2000, averaging 23.3 points in victories over then-No. 13/13 Georgetown, then-No. 9/11 Notre Dame, then-No. 3/3 Duke, then-No. 10/9 Connecticut, then-No. 4/4 Pitt and then-No. 14/15 Villanova.
The Bronx native is set to compete in the State Farm 3-Point Championships on March 31 in Houston, Texas, as a part of Final Four weekend. Hardy's .367 career 3-point field goal percentage tied for the ninth-best mark in program history.