For the second time in a span of two days, Ohio Wesleyan senior guard Nate Axelrod (Dublin, OH/Coffman) was named the Player of the Year in the Great Lakes Region and Wittenberg head coach Matt Croci was named the Coach of the Year in the region, with the distinction this time coming from D3hoops.com.
Axelrod, who was also named the region's Player of the Year in 2016 and the Rookie of the Year in 2015, is making his third-straight appearance on the first team in the Great Lakes Region after also collecting third-team laurels as a freshman in 2015. Wooster senior guard Spencer Williams (Warrensville Hts., OH/Orange) joined Axelrod on the top team this year after also being named to the second team in 2016.
In addition, Wittenberg senior post Chad Roy (Toledo, OH/Holland Springfield) rounded out the list of All-Region selections as a member of the second team in the Great Lakes Region.
Finally, Croci was tabbed as the Coach of the Year in the Great Lakes Region for the first time in his career after leading the Tigers to a 27-3 mark during the regular season, which included sweeping both the NCAC regular season and tournmanet titles.
Players were nominated for these awards by the Sports Information Directors (SID) at the various schools. There were more than 680 players nominated nationwide. The ballot was then made available to SIDs, who voted for a predetermined number of players in their region. Regions that have fewer than 40 Division III teams have two teams. The Northeast, which is nearly twice that size, has four teams, while all other regions have three teams.