HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. -
Former Northern Kentucky University men’s basketball standout
Paul Cluxton is a finalist for the NCAA Division II 50th Anniversary
The 50th anniversary
of the NCAA Division II men’s Elite Eight will be celebrated
throughout the 2005-06 championship season. The NCAA Division II
men’s championship began in 1957 and will be celebrating its
50th anniversary at this season’s Elite Eight in Springfield,
Mass., the site of the first Division II national championship
To commemorate this
milestone, a 50th Anniversary Team consisting of 10 student-athletes
and two coaches will be selected.
Cluxton, who played
at NKU from 1993-97, scored 1,495 career points for the Norse. He
also set an NCAA all-divisions record as a senior by making all
94 of his free-throw attempts - the only player in collegiate basketball
history to accomplish that feat.
During his final two
seasons Cluxton converted 98 consecutive free throws. He finished
his career with a .934 percentage from the line, which is also the
best in NCAA history.
A graduate of Lynchburg-Clay
(Ohio) High School, Cluxton led NKU to the NCAA Division II national
championship game in 1996 and ’97. The Norse finished as national
runner-up both times.
Cluxton was named third
team All-American by the NABC in 1997, and he earned the most outstanding
player honor of the NCAA Division II Great Lakes Regional as a junior
at Evansville, Ind.
Cluxton averaged 13.3
points in six career Elite Eight games and was named to the all-tournament
team in 1996 and ’97.
NKU fans can
vote for Cluxton by clicking the following: http://www.ncaasports.com/basketball/mens/fanpolls.
Vote at http://www.ncaasports.com/basketball/mens/fanpolls