MBKB: VOTE – Who is the Best Out Front in D3 Men’s Basketball?

The ability to handle the ball in every situation and come through in the clutch is a sign of a top guard. We’ve taken a look at some of the top Court Generals in D3 men’s basketball thus far into the season.

Check out our list and make your own decision — Who is the Best Out Front in D3 Men’s Basketball?

Vote in the poll at the bottom of the page before it closes Tuesday, January 23 at 7 p.m. Central.

Hamed Shamseldin, Sr./Brockport

Brockport’s Hamed Shamseldin (Brockport Athletics photo)

2 Triple-doubles (1st)
5.9 assits/gm (T16th)

Brockport’s senior guard Hamed Shamseldin was named United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) Division III National Player of the Week during early December after tallying his first triple double, setting career marks in rebounds and assists with 11 apiece, while sinking 26 points in a win against Medaille.

The following night, the Golden Eagles upset then 19th ranked Hobart thanks to a career high 42 points by Shamseldin on 57% shooting and making 17-of-20 free throws. He closed out the week pouring in 28 points against SUNY-Oneonta, converting 10-of-11 from the free throw line and grabbing seven rebounds.

Jack Daly, Sr./Middlebury

Middlebury’s Jack Daly (Middlebury Athletics/Will Costello photo)

8.8 assists/gm (1st)
1 Triple-double

With a career-high 26 points, Middlebury senior Jack Daly led the Panthers to a come-from-behind 82-76 victory over New England Small College Athletic Conference foe Bates, including four key points in the final 16 seconds.

Daley was tabbed the NESCAC Player of the Week in late November after nearly averaging a triple-double with 21.5 points, 12.5 rebounds and 8.5 assists per game in a 2-0 week for the Panthers. Daly’s 8.8 assist per game leads all of D3 in that category.

Vinny Curta, Jr./Grinnell

Grinnell’s Vinny Curta (Grinnell Athletics photo)

33.2 points/gm (1st)
34 steals (T31st)
5.0 assists/gm (45th)

Junior Vinny Curta led Grinnell with 32 points, paced by 11-of-12 shooting from the free throw line during the Pioneer’s recent 106-98 win over Beloit.

Curta, the nation’s leading scorer, is the force behind the potent Pioneer offense that has surpassed the century mark now 11 times this season. He also averages 5.0 assist and 2.8 steals per game, which rank in the top-50 in all of D3 and second in the Midwest Conference stat sheet.

Aston Francis, Jr./Wheaton (IL)

Wheaton’s Aston Francis (Wheaton Athletics photo)

4.73 3pt FG/gm (1st)
27.9 points/gm (4th)

Named this past week’s College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin (CCIW) Player of the Week in men’s basketball, Wheaton’s Aston Francis is now a three-time honoree this season.

Francis averaged 35.5 points and 7.0 rebounds for the Thunder last week. He scored 40 points and pulled down seven rebounds in an 86-81 win at No. 2-ranked Augustana. He became just the second player in Wheaton history to score 40 or more points in a game three times as the effort marked his third game of 40 or more this year. Francis scored 31 points with 7 rebounds at North Central becoming the 44th player in program history to reach the 1,000-point career milestone.

Shea Feehan, Jr./Eureka

Eureka’s Shea Feehan (Eureka Athletics/Michelle Curl photo)

30.1 points/gm (2nd)

Shea Feehan, the nation’s second leading scorer, posted 28 points to move into eighth place on Eureka’s all-time scoring list in the Red Devil’s 110-101 victory over Iowa Wesleyan.

Feehan’s 1,350 career points are the most by any Red Devil of the Chip Wilde coaching era (2007-present). Feehan also made seven free throws to claim second place on the Red Devils’ modern-era list with 337.

In early December, Feehan was named the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Player of the Week for the third straight time after averaging 37.0 points and 6.0 rebounds in leading the Red Devils to league wins over Greenville and MacMurray.

Jalen Adams, Sr./Olivet

26.7 points/gm (6th)
8 double-doubles (T18th)

Olivet’s senior Jalen Adams is sixth in the nation and leads the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association in scoring with 26.7 points per game, and is just shy of averaging a double-double pulling down 9.9 rebounds per game.

Adams has posted eight double-double so far this season, which is in a tie for 18th overall.

Jake Ross, So./Springfield

Springfield’s Jake Ross (Springfield Athletics photo)

10 double-doubles (T4th)
42 steals (T7th)
22.9 points/gm (T22nd)

Sophomore Jake Ross led the Pride to the Hampton Inn West Springfield/Naismith Classic title with wins over Thomas and 12th-ranked Wesleyan and was named MVP of the Classic.

Ross averaged 25 points per game, shooting nearly 41% from the floor to go along with 9.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists. and 1.5 steals per game while playing over 35 minutes a contest. Ross helped the Pride snap a five-game skid as he totaled 24 points and six rebounds in a 21-point win over Thomas before putting together a remarkable showing in the championship game, handing No. 12 Wesleyan their first loss of the season. The sophomore recorded 26 points, 12 rebounds, four assists, two steals, and a block and help Springfield rally from a 15-point second-half deficit to defeat a nationally-ranked team for the sixth-consecutive season.

Khyce Randall, Sr./Howard Payne

Howard Payne’s Khyce Randall (Howard Payne Athletics photo)

23 points/gm (16th)
7 double-doubles (T24th)

Howard Payne senior guard Khyce Randall picked up his second American Southwest Conference Player of the Week honors of the season and fifth of his career by averaging 22.7 points, 11.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 2.0 steals per game as the Yellow Jackets went 2-1 on the week last week.

He recorded 25 points, nine boards and seven assists in a non-conference win over Southwestern. Randall went for 22 points and nine rebounds in a loss to UT Tyler, then finished the week with 21 points, 15 boards and five assists in a 94-86 victory against Ozarks.

Nate Burger, Sr./Ohio Northern

ONU’s Nate Burger (ONU Athletics photo)

26.0 points/gm (8th)
5.8 assist/gm (T20th)
3.27 3pt FG/gm (T38th)

Ohio Northern senior Nate Burger recorded his 11th consecutive game with at least 20 points as the Polar Bears upset #25 Baldwin Wallace. Burger’s 27 points were a game-high, while the senior grabbed a game-high seven rebounds and dished out a game-best four assists.

Back in November, Burger led the Polar Bears to a 2-1 week to earn Ohio Athletic Conference Player of the Week honors, averaging a team-best 26.7 points per contest, dishing out 20 assists and adding 10 steals during the week.

After scoring 30 points in a season-opening victory over Defiance, Burger followed up the performance with a career-high 33 points in a heartbreaking 77-73 loss to No. 9-ranked Washington (Mo.).

Marcus Dempsey, So./Muskingum

Muskingum’s Marcus Dempsey (Muskingum Athletics photo)

29.3 points/gm (3rd)
3.20 3pt FG/gm (T42nd)

Named the U.S. Basketball Writers Association Division III National Men’s Player of the Week for the week ending December 31, Muskingum’s Marcus Dempsey averaged 52.5 points per game as the Fighting Muskies (5-6) went 1-1.

In an 88-77 victory over Medaille, Dempsey scored 48 points (15-of-20 FG, 11-of-17 FT, 7-of-8 3FG) while adding three rebounds and two assists. Then, in a 111-104 loss to Oberlin, Dempsey broke the Muskingum record and scored a NCAA Division III one-game season-high 57 points (19-of-30 FG, 12-of-16 FT, 7-of-12 3FG) while also totaling three rebounds, four assists, one steal, and one block. For the week, he shot 69 percent (34-of-50) from the field, 69.6 percent (23-of-33) from the foul line and 70 percent (14-of-20) from three-point range, while also averaging 3.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 0.5 steals, and 0.5 blocks per game. For his efforts, Dempsey was also named the Oberlin College Holiday Classic MVP and the Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) Player of the Week.


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