Ohio Wesleyan University senior Nate Axelrod (Dublin, OH/Coffman) was named NCAA Division III Men's Basketball National Player of the Year as part of the D3hoops.com All-America teams, it was announced today by D3hoops.com on March 17th.
Axelrod, the Battling Bishops' point guard, was also a first-team All-America selection by both the NABC and D3hoops.com. He was a second-team All-America pick by D3hoops.com in 2017 and 2016, and was selected as the D3hoops.com National Rookie of the Year in 2015. He was named Great Lakes Region Player of the Year in 2018 and 2016 and was a first-team all-region selection for the third consecutive season.
Axelrod was named NCAC Player of the Year for the third year in a row, making him the first men's basketball player in conference history to be so honored. He was a first-team All-NCAC selection for the fourth straight season, only the third men's basketball player in conference history to accomplish that feat. He was named NCAC Newcomer of the Year in 2015.
Axelrod ranks fifth in NCAA Division III in assists (6.8/game). He led the NCAC in scoring (19.2 points/game) and assists, becoming the first player in conference history to lead the league in scoring and assists in a season. Axelrod also ranked second in the league in free throw percentage (.857), tied for ninth in steals (1.2/game), and ranked 14th in 3-point field goals (1.9/game). He finished his career as the second Ohio Wesleyan men's basketball player and the fourth in NCAC history to surpass the 2000-point mark, and is Ohio Wesleyan's all-time leader in assists (655) and consecutive games started (114).
In addition, Wittenberg senior post Chad Roy (Toledo, OH/Holland Springfield) was a fourth-team selection on the D3hoops.com All-America Team for the first time in his career. Roy, who is the 33rd player in program history to score 1,000 career points, finished his senior campaign with 481 points (16.0 ppg) and 182 total rebounds (6.1 rpg), while also shooting 63 percent (178-of-283) from the field and 76 percent (121-of-159) at the free throw line.