With six West Coast Conference honors between them in their careers, Santa Clara's fifth-year seniors Marc Trasolini and Kevin Foster were both named to the All-West Coast Conference Team Tuesday. The Bronco are one of just three teams in the WCC to be represented by multiple players on the First Team.
"We are really excited for both and proud of them for returning from separate adversities to lead this team to yet another 20 plus win season," said Bronco head coach Kerry Keating. "This honor is well-deserved and hard-earned. They are both on their way to becoming all-time Bronco greats!"
Foster, the 2009 WCC Newcomer of the Year, is making his second All-WCC team in his career after being named to Honorable Mention his freshman year. Foster became SCU's all-time scoring leader, surpassing 1980 WCC Player of the Year and former NBA star Kurt Rambis, in a win at St. Louis on Nov. 14 and became the third player in WCC history to score 2,200 career points with 20 at Portland Feb. 23. Not even ranked in the top 25 career scorers in WCC history when the season began, Foster sits at No. 2 after passing LMU's Terrell Lowery, who scored 2,201 from 1988-92. Foster has 26 double-digit scoring games this season and 108 in his 126 game career. He owns seven Bronco career school records: points, field goals made, field goals attempted, three pointers made, three pointers attempted, games started and minutes played.
All of Foster's scoring exploits have been chronicled, but he may well go down as one of the greatest all-around players to ever compete in the WCC. One of just three players to score over 2,200 career points, Foster leads the WCC this season in steals and is No. 5 in assists. Through his career Foster has amassed 2,242 points (second best in WCC history), 438 assists and 216 steals joining LMU's Terrell Lowery as the only players in WCC history to accumulate more than 2,000 points, 400 assists and 200 steals (Lowery recorded 2,201 points, 689 assists and 231 steals). He has made 404 threes in his career which shatters the WCC record and is No. 9 all-time in NCAA Division I history.
Trasolini was named to the Honorable Mention team in 2010 and the 2009 All-WCC Freshman team. Trasolini became the 11th Bronco to score 1,500 career points when he tallied 13 vs. Saint Mary's on Feb. 7. He broke into the top 10 surpassing Kyle Bailey, who scored 1,571 (2001-05) when he dropped in a game-high 26 in a win over LMU on Feb. 28. With 21 points at Saint Mary's on March 2, Trasolini needs became the ninth player in school history 1,600. He needs 90 more points to jump into the top 5 and pass Steve Nash (1,689, 1992-96). He joins former Broncos John Bryant, Dennis Awtrey and Kurt Rambis as the only four to have collected 1600+ points and 800+ rebounds in their careers.
This year Trasolini has collected a bevy of honors off the court already. He has been named a Senior CLASS Finalist (vote for Marc! www.SeniorCLASSAward.com/vote) with voting running through March 25. He was named to the national Capital One CoSIDA Academic All-American Third Team in Feb. and last week he was named to the All-WCC Academic First Team. He is the school's first national basketball Academic All-American since 1996. He graduated cum laude in March of 2012 with a degree in Finance with a 3.65 grade point average and is his fourth quarter of his MBA in the prestigious Leavey School of Business.
Trasolini and Raymond Cowels III each have played in 130 career games and own the school record in that category, surpassing Ben Dowdell, who participated in 128 games from 2007-11.