The D3 Men’s Basketball season now has a couple weeks in the books, and there are a handful of freshman already making their mark on the court. We took a look over the early stats and chose some of the top first-year performers so far.
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(stats are for games through 12/4 per the NCAA Website)
Jack Davidson, Wabash
NCAC Player of the Week (week 2)
23.5 points/gm (T22nd)
Davidson was tabbed the North Coast Athletic Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Week for week 2, averaging 26 points in two wins for the Little Giants last week. He scored a career-best 35 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to record his first collegiate double-double in an 82-69 victory against Earlham. Davidson is averaging 23.5 points, 7 rebounds, and 4 assists through the first four games of the season for Wabash
Michael Holland, Austin
5 double-doubles (T2nd)
11 reb/gm (T18th)
Holland hit 7-of-13 shots and knocked down 11-of-14 free throws to get his 25 points and also hauled in 11 rebounds for his fourth straight double-double in Austin’s recent 120-103 loss to Rhodes. Holland’s 18.3 points per game leads the Roos while averaging a team-leading 33 minutes per game.
Spencer Levi, Dallas
4 double-doubles (T5th)
11.2 reb/gm (T16th)
Levi shot 22-for-24 (91.7%) from the field and combined for 50 points in two wins for the University of Dallas men’s basketball team last week earning the freshman Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Player of the Week honors. Levi registered two more double-doubles, which giving him four overall for the season.
Reed Smith, Chapman
SCIAC Player of the Week (week 2)
Smith averaged a double-double in two wins last week, scoring 15 points against UC Merced on Friday while also grabbing nine rebounds following by scoring another 15 points against the College of New Rochelle but pulled down 11 boards for his first career double-double. His 7.4 rebounds per game ranks fourth in the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
Miguel Rivera, Newbury
New England Collegiate Conference Rookie of the Week (week 3)
Rivera dropped 20 points while adding five assists in the win. Then, in a non-conference match-up with Tufts, Rivera scored 12 points with seven assists and pulled down four boards. On the week, Rivera averaged 16 points, 2.0 rebounds, and 6.0 assists. His average of 39.2 minutes per game ranks seventh in all of D3 Men’s Basketball.
Nathan Fontenot, East Texas Baptist
63.2% 3-pt pct (7th)
Fontenot has converted 12 of 19 from beyond the arc this season, including five treys in a recent 106-95 win over Mary Hardin-Baylor. The point-guard’s 3.0 assist/turnover ratio also ranks third in the American Southwest Conference.
Calvin Cheek, New England Coll.
NAC Rookie of the Week (week 2)
4 steals/gm (4th)
Cheek posted big numbers in week two for NEC, averaging 10.3 points, 4.7 assists, and 3.7 steals per game in a 2-1 week earning Cheek the North Atlantic Conference Rookie of the Week honors. His four steal per game average ranks fourth overall in D3 Men’s Basketball.
Hannes Kogelink, Grinnell
35 3-pt FGM (5th)
In addition to draining 35 from beyond the arc for the Pioneers so far, Kogelink is posting 18.5 points per game and is one of four Pioneers averaging in double-digits. In addition, he is pulling down 3.3 rebounds per game while dishing out 2.9 assists.