Abram Carrasco has gone from being one of the best players in the city at Cholla to an All-American at the junior college level at Pima to now an NAIA Division I first-team All-American.
The NAIA announced its 10-player first-team selections today, and Carrasco, a 5-foot-11 junior guard at Westmont (Calif.) College, was among them.
Carrasco led Westmont in both points per game (18.9) and assists per contest (4.8), which ranked 19th and 21st in the NAIA, respectively. His 585 points were the 14th most in the NAIA and rank 11th in a single season in Westmont program history, despite the season cut short due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
Carrasco was earlier named Golden State Athletic Conference Player of the Year after helping the Warriors claim the conference regular season crown.
His NAIA All-American honor comes a year after he became Pima’s fourth NJCAA All-American in the last five years.
Keven Biggs (Cienega High School grad) was named to the second team in 2017-18 and Deion James (Empire) earned first team honors in 2016-17. Murphy Gershman (Tucson HS) was selected second-team All-American in 2014-15.
Carrasco, a first-team All-American selection last season, led the Aztecs with a 19.8 scoring average as he broke the Pima school record in points in a two-year career. He passed fellow NJCAA All-American Greg Cook (1979-80) to become the school’s career leader with 1,310 points.
Carrasco helped lead the Aztecs to a seventh place finish at the NJCAA Division II Tournament last year and the program’s third straight NJCAA Region I, Division II title.
The Aztecs closed out the season with a 29-7 overall record last year. The Aztecs were 60-12 overall in two years with Carrasco.
At Cholla, Carrasco was selected a AllSportsTucson.com Player of the Year as a senior in 2014-15. He averaged 22.7 points, 4.3 assists and 2.7 steals per game while leading the Chargers to a 25-2 record and spot in the Division II state quarterfinals.
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