March 4, 2008

PROVIDENCE, RI - University of Massachusetts Boston men's basketball player Amigo Paniagua (Santiago, DR) has been named a Little East Conference Second Team All-Star, it was announced today by the conference.

Paniagua becomes just the second player in school history to garner Little East Conference All-Star honors for three straight seasons after being named to the First Team for his sophomore and junior campaigns.

Paniagua caps a stellar four-year career as one of the best all-round players in school history by averaging 15.7 points, 7.3 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 1.8 steals and 0.74 blocked shots per game. The senior ranked among the Little East leaders in all of those categories, ranking third in scoring, seventh in rebounding and blocks, fourth in steals and 10th in assists. The forward dramatically improved his free throw shooting, connecting on 32 straight free throw tries from January 10 to February 2, while establishing a new school-standard with an 88.7% (71-80) mark to rank second in the conference and 18th in the nation for the season. The Dorchester High School product was the Beacons' best all-around player, leading them in scoring, rebounding, steals, assists and free throw shooting. Paniagua netted double-digits in 16 of 23 games, despite missing three contests with an injury and poured in 20 or more points on seven occasions, including a season-high 35 points at nationally-ranked University of Massachusetts Dartmouth on January 29. He was named the league's Player of the Week following that performance and averaged 26.5 points, 7.5 rebounds, 5.0 assists, 4.5 steals and added a block, while shooting 49% (18-37) from the floor, including 43% (3-7) from three-point range and was a perfect 14-14 from the free throw line in two games of the week of January 28 to February 3. Paniagua posted a pair of double-doubles and grabbed seven more rebounds 14 times, including a season-best 14 on December 6 at Salem State College and averaged 10.5 boards during a four-game stretch from December 1-8. He came up with two or more steals in 14 contests and swiped a career-high eight thefts on January 26 vs. Rhode Island College and followed it with six more at UMass Dartmouth on January 29. The post player also rejected at least one shot in 13 games and dished for three or more assists in nine outings, including seven twice.

Paniagua has averaged at least 14.8 points and 7.0 rebounds in all four of his seasons at UMass Boston and was named the Little East Conference Rookie of the Year as a freshman. He is the only player in school history to compile at least 1,600 points (1,628), 750 rebounds (751), 275 assists (281), 150 steals (173) and 70 blocks (70). He has been a staple in the Beacons' starting line-up, getting the nod in all but four contests of his 103-game career and has averaged 15.8 points per game to rank seventh on UMB's career list and is the school's third all-time leading rebounder in total rebounds, while ranking eighth with a 7.3 average. The 6'3" swingman also ranks fifth on the career assists list and fourth on the games played list, while owning a lifetime free throw mark of .749 (274-366) to place him fifth among UMB's greats. His made field goals total of 645 is the second-most in school history and his makes from the free throw line put him fifth. Paniagua has also been one of the UMass Boston's most consistent players during his career, netting double-digits in points in 86 of 103 games, while pouring in 20 or more on 28 occasions. He has been very effective when taking his game beyond the three-point arc as well, hitting on 36% (64-178) of his attempts to stand fifth on the school's career three-point percentage list.

The Beacons finished the season with a 2-24 overall record, including a 1-13 record in league play and a 74-72 victory over eventual Little East Conference Champion Rhode Island College on January 26.