READER’S PICK: MBKB D3 Sports News Player of the Week for Week 1

Hope’s Jason Beckman was named the MIAA Player of the Week for Week 1 – is he our READER’S PICK for the D3 Sports News Player of the Week for Week 1? (Hope Athletics/Keith Granger photo)

Now that the D3 Men’s Basketball season has opened up, we take a look at some of the weekly conference awards from around the nation in D3 Men’s Basketball for Week 1 and will let you decide, who is the D3 Sports News Men’s Basketball Player of the Week?

Poll will close at 5pm on Sunday, 11/26.

Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA)

Jason Beckman, Hope Player of the Week

• Averaged 22.0 points, 2.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists, and 1.0 steals per game in two contests; also was a perfect 14-of-14 from the free throw line on the week

• Scored 26 points on 8-of-14 shooting, including 4-of-7 from three-point range, against #9 Marietta Nov. 17

• Registered 18 points with five assists and two steals in 97-86 victory over #25 St. John Fisher Nov. 18

SOURCE: MIAA Press Release

New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC)

Geoffrey Gray, Emerson – Offensive Athlete of the Week

Lions junior Geoffrey Gray made program history on Saturday becoming the first player in Emerson Men’s Basketball history to record a triple-double. In playing a full 40 minutes, Gray scored 29 points, adding 10 assists, and 10 rebounds in the Lions 99-83 victory over Newbury College. Following the opening weekend of the basketball season, Gray leads the NEWMAC in PPG with 29.0, APG with 10.0, and is second in RPG at 10.0.

Jake Ross, Springfield – Co-Defensive Athlete of the Week

Ross, who was named a Preseason All-America, had a dominant first game for Springfield as the Pride cruised past Western New England, 88-70. The sophomore posted a double double with 26 points and 13 rebounds to go along with three assists, three steals, and a pair of blocks in 30 minutes of action as he connected on 11-of-18 shots from the field.

Bradley Jomard, MIT – Co-Defensive Athlete of the Week

In a pair of lopsided home wins to open the regular season, Jomard averaged 17 points on 66.7 percent shooting from the field to go along with five rebounds and six assists per contest. He was also active defensively with six steals and two blocks in the two games as the Engineers allowed just 51 points per contest.

SOURCE: NEWMAC Press Release

Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC)

Robert Duax, UW-PlattevilleAthlete of the Week

Duax averaged 17.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, and 2.0 assists in two games during the week to help the Pioneers to a pair of wins to begin the 2017-18 season. In the season-opening 86-56 triumph over Waldorf University (Iowa) on Nov. 17, Duax had 15 points, five rebounds, and three assists and shot 66.7 percent (6-of-9). In a 74-57 win over No. 15-ranked Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges (Calif.) on Nov. 18, Duax recorded 19 points and three rebounds. His 13 second half points helped the Pioneers outscore the Staggs 45-28 after halftime.

SOURCE: WIAC Press Release

Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC)

Austin Cole, Cal Lutheran Player of the Week

Cole of Cal Lutheran paced the Kingsmen to a 91-85 victory over UC Santa Cruz. The junior guard played all 45 minutes against the Banana Slugs, notching 36 points on 9-of-17 shooting from the field (52.9%) in addition to netting 16-of-19 from the free throw line. Cole also connected on a pair of three-pointers en route to his collegiate career-high scoring output. The Redondo Beach, Calif. native also collected four rebounds, dished out three assists, added two blocks and a steal in the winning effort.

SOURCE: SCIAC Press Release

New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC)

Kyle Scadlock, Williams Co-Player of the Week

Scadlock averaged 24 and 11 rebounds per game last weekend and named MVP of the Ephs’ Tip-Off Tournament as Williams defeated Salem State 80-68 and Stevens, 73-55. He posted doubles-doubles in both games. In the win over Salem he scored a career-high 32 points, grabbed 12 rebounds and registered four steals.

Eric Savage, Tufts Co-Player of the Week

Savage earned a spot on the Lopata Classic Al-Tournament Team at Washington U after averaging 24.0 points, 14.0 rebounds, and 6.5 assists per game. He turned in 27 points and 12 rebounds in the opening game against Webster. He had 20 of the Jumbos’ 44 first-half points and added five assists. Against WashU, he finished with 21 points, 16 rebounds, and eight assists. He helped the Jumbos erase an 18-point deficit with less than 10 minutes left in the game to come within two of the Bears.

SOURCE: NESCAC Press Release

Liberty League

Edvinas Rupkus, Skidmore Performer of the Week

Skidmore College junior Edvinas Rupkus helped the Thoroughbreds open 2-0 with a pair of road wins. Averaged 22.0 points, 11.0 rebounds, 6.0 assists, and 1.0 blocks. Hit 13 of 20 (.650)from the floor and 16-20 from the line (.800). Scored 25 points to go along with 11 rebounds and 7 assists in 96-85 win at Hartwick.

SOURCE: Liberty League Press Release

College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin (CCIW)

Ricky Samuelson, WheatonPlayer of the Week

Samuelson, a senior guard from Northfield, Illinois and New Trier High School (Business/Economics major), averaged 31.5 points and shot 87 percent from the field for the 2-0 Thunder last week. He scored a career-high 34 points on 12-of-15 shooting from the field including 8-of-9 from three-point range during a season-opening 80-59 win over DePauw on Friday. He scored 29 points, shot 10-of-11 from the field and 3-of-3 from three-point range in a 75-74 win over Baldwin Wallace on Saturday as Samuelson knocked down a post-up basket and the ensuring free throw with nine seconds left in regulation. He was named MVP of Wheaton’s Lee Pfund Classic.

SOURCE: CCIW Press Release

St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SLIAC)

Shea Freehan, EurekaPlayer of the Week

Shea Feehan has picked up this season where he left off last spring. After leading the conference in scoring last year Feehan put up back to back 20 point games in the opening week. Feehan had a high of 34 points in a win over Robert Morris-Springfield, knocking down six three-pointers in the contest. He followed with 20 points against Central Michigan, for a weekly average of 27.0 points per game. Feehan also knocked down all 12 of his free-throw attempts last week.

SOURCE: SLIAC Press Release

Midwest Conference

Vinny Curta, GrinnellPlayer of the Week

Curta had an incredible week, averaging 36.3 points and 6.3 assists in three games as the Pioneers started the season 3-0. He shot 59.3 percent from the field and also recorded nine steals while inching closer to the 1,000-point mark for his career. His biggest performance of the week came in a 153-100 victory over Emmaus Bible College where he tallied 51 points on 17-of-27 shooting.

SOURCE: Midwest Conference Press Release

Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (IIAC)

Sam Amsbaugh, Simpson – Player of the Week

In three games last week, Amsbaugh led Simpson in scoring and rebounding with 20.7 ppg and 8.3 rpg. He became the 20th player in Simpson history to reach 1,000 career points, early in the season-opener against Westminster Amsbaugh recorded a double-double with 21 points, 11 rebounds in loss to 2017 NCAA Qualifier Bethel In the Storm’s 83-61 win over Westminster College, Amsbaugh scored 22-points, recorded 8-rebounds and added 2-assists. Amsbaugh totaled 19-points, 6-rebounds and 4-assists in Simpson’s 83-74 victory over Concordia (Wis.). He has reached double figures in 8 straight games dating back to last season. This is Amsbaugh’s fourth Player of the Week honor (11/20/17, /29/17,12/4/16, 1/18/16). Amsbaugh was a first-team All-Iowa Conference selection in 2016-17 and 2015-16.

SOURCE: Iowa Conference Press Release

University Athletic Association (UAA)

Ethan Feldman, NYU – Athlete of the Week

Feldman was named to the NYU Tip-Off All-Tournament Team after a pair of great shooting performances in his first two games as a Violet. The junior transfer scored 26 points in Saturday’s season-opening win over the College of Mount Saint Vincent and followed it up with 20 more points in Sunday’s Championship loss to Haverford College. Feldman shot 80% (16-for-20) from the field and 70% (7-for-10) from three-point range over the two games.

This is the first-career UAA weekly honor for the New York City native.

SOURCE: NYU Press Release





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