2017-18 NCAC Men's Basketball Players of the Week

 
February 19th
 

Eli Silverman-Lloyd, Oberlin
(Culver City, CA/Winward) 

GP/GS: 2/2
Points: 37 (18.5 ppg)  
FG/FGA: 13/25 (.520)     
3FG/3FGA: 6/15 (.400)      
FT/FTA: 5/7 (.714)
Rebounds: 11 (5.5 rpg)

Oberlin junior guard Eli Silverman-Lloyd led the Yeomen in scoring in a pair of must win road games last week that helped the Yeomen secure a berth into the 2018 NCAC Men’s Basketball Tournament. He opened the week with 21 points and seven rebounds in a 65-53 win at Allegheny, before scoring nine of his 16 points during the Yeomen’s second-half surge in which they overcame a 21-point deficit to post a 76-71 win at DePauw. In the two games combined, Silverman-Lloyd shot 52 percent (13-of-25) from the field, 40 percent (6-of-15) from three-point range and 71 percent (5-of-7) from the free throw line.

February 12th
 

Kelvin Jones, Hiram
(Sheffield Lake, OH/Brookside) 

GP/GS: 2/2
Points: 35 (17.5 ppg)
FG/FGA: 16/19 (.842)
FT/FTA: 3/4 (.750)
Rebounds: 21 (10.5 rpg)
Assists: 3 (1.5 apg)   
Blocks: 1 (0.5 bpg)

Hiram senior center Kelvin Jones once again averaged a double-double in a pair of games against conference opponents. He opened the week with 10 points and 13 rebounds in a 72-66 win over Ohio Wesleyan on Wednesday, before pulling down eight boards and matching his season-high with 25 points in a 94-71 upset over No. 3 Wittenberg on Saturday. Jones, who is the only NCAC player currently averaging a double-double, shot 84 percent (16-of-19) from the field in the two games combined and also knocked down 3-of-4 free throw attempts against the Tigers.

February 5th
 

Jack Davidson, Wabash
(Fishers, IN/Hamilton Southeastern)

GP/GS: 2/2
Points: 53 (26.5 ppg)
FG/FGA: 11/22 (.500)
3FG/3FGA: 6/11 (.545)
FT/FTA: 25/28 (.893)
Rebounds: 8 (4.0 rpg)      
Assists: 4 (2.0 apg)      
Steals: 2 (1.0 spg)

Wabash freshman guard Jack Davidson scored 53 total points in less than a 24-hour period to help move the Little Giants into a tie with Denison for fifth-place in the NCAC standings. In a 78-74 win over Hiram on Friday night, Davidson scored a game-high 30 points after shooting 7-of-9 from the field, 3-of-4 from three-point range and a near perfect 13-of-14 from the free throw line. He then added 23 more points in a 72-61 win over Allegheny on Saturday. In the two games combined, Davidson shot 50 percent (11-of-22) from the field, 55 percent (6-of-11) from beyond the arc and 89 percent (25-of-28) from the free throw line, while also averaging 4.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.0 steal per game.

January 29th
 

Nate Axelrod, Ohio Wesleyan
(Dublin, OH/Coffman) 

GP/GS: 2/2
Points: 38 (19.0 ppg)
FG/FGA: 13/29 (.448)
FT/FTA: 9/11 (.818)
Rebounds: 6 (3.0 rpg)
Assists: 17 (8.5 apg)
Steals: 4 (2.0 spg)

Ohio Wesleyan senior guard Nate Axelrod contributed by both scoring and distributing the basketball in a pair of league wins last week against Wabash, 88-76, and Oberlin, 78-71. He scored 25 points and dished out eight assists against the Little Giants, which included hitting two three pointers down the stretch to quell a final Wabash rally. He then added 13 points and nine more helpers in the seven-point win over Oberlin on Saturday. In the two games combined, he averaged 19.0 points, 8.5 assists, 3.0 rebounds and 2.0 steals per game. In addition, he became just the second player in school history and the fourth in NCAC history to eclipse the 600-assist mark as he has now accumulated 604 total helpers in his career. Axelrod also started his 105th consecutive game at OWU against Oberlin, which broke the previous school record of 104 consecutive starts set by Justun Lott from 1991-95.

January 22nd
 

Connor Seipel, Wittenberg
(Columbus, OH/Groveport Madison) 

GP/GS: 2/2
Points: 30 (15.0 ppg)
FG/FGA: 11/19 (.579)
FT/FTA: 8/8 (1.000)
Rebounds: 24 (12.0 rpg)
Assists: 5 (2.5 apg)
Blocks: 3 (1.5 bpg)

Wittenberg sophomore forward Connor Seipel notched a pair of double-double performances last week to lead the fifth-ranked and unbeaten Tigers in a pair of wins over No. 23 Ohio Wesleyan, 93-72, and Allegheny, 87-58. Seipel opened the week with 16 points and 11 rebounds against OWU, before tallying 14 points and grabbing 13 more boards against the Gators. In the two games combined, Seipel shot 58 percent (11-of-19) from the field and a perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line, while also chipping in with five assists and three blocked shots. 

January 15th
 

Kelvin Jones, Hiram
(Sheffield Lake, OH/Brookside) 

GP/GS: 2/2
Points: 40 (20.0 ppg)
FG/FGA: 17/22 (.772)
FT/FTA: 6/8 (.750)
Rebounds: 24 (12.0 rpg)
Assists: 5 (2.5 apg)

Hiram senior forward Kelvin Jones led the Terriers to a 2-0 record in conference play last week by averaging a double-double and shooting 77 percent from the field. Jones first dropped 21 points and 14 rebounds in an 88-79 victory over No. 17 Ohio Wesleyan, before notching his ninth double-double of the season on Saturday with 19 points and 10 rebounds in a 99-77 win over Kenyon. In the two games combined, Jones shot 17-for-22 from the field and also knocked down 6-of-8 attempts at the free throw line.

January 8th
 

Jack Coulter, Denison
(San Francisco, CA/St. Ignatius) 

GP/GS: 2/2
Points: 43 (21.5 ppg)
FG/FGA: 15/30 (.500)
3FG/3FGA: 13/27 (.481)
Assists: 3 (1.5 apg)

Denison sophomore guard Jack Coulter led the Big Red in a 97-72 win at Allegheny with a career-high 32 points on 10-of-19 shooting from three-point range. The 10 three-point buckets broke both DU’s program record and the arena record at Allegheny’s David V. Wise Center, while also tying the NCAC mark achieved twice before by Earlham’s Travis Brett against DePauw in 2002 and OWU’s Nick Felhaber against Oberlin in 2015. In addition, Coulter also scored 11 points and dished out a pair of assists in an 89-70 loss at No. 9 Ohio Wesleyan on Wednesday. In the two games combined, Coulter scored 43 points, while shooting 50 percent (15-of-30) from the field and 48 percent (13-of-27) from long distance.

January 3rd
 

Spencer Williams, Wooster
(Warrensville Hts., OH/Orange) 

GP/GS: 3/3
Points: 68 (22.7 ppg)
FG/FGA: 25/45 (.556)
3FG/3FGA: 4/10 (.400)
FT/FTA: 14/19 (.737)
Rebounds: 13 (4.3 rpg)
Assists: 7 (2.3 apg)

Wooster senior guard Spencer Williams was the catalyst behind a trio of wins for the Fighting Scots over the holiday break. He opened the two-week stretch by scoring a career-high 25 against SUNY-Brockport in the championship game of the Mauro Panaggio Tournament in Daytona Beach, Florida. In Wooster’s own E.M. Mose “Hole”/Kiwanis Classic, he then scored 18 in a 76-75 win over WPI and once again matched his career-high with 25 in a 77-68 win over previously unbeaten Emory & Henry. He shot 50 percent or better from the field in all three victories, highlighted by nailing 10-of-16 attempts from the field in the win over E&H. Williams, who was named the MVP of both tournaments over the break, also tallied 13 rebounds (4.3 rpg) and seven assists (2.3 apg) during the three-game stretch.

December 18th
 

Jordan Rawls, Allegheny
(Pittsburgh, PA/Taylor Allderdice) 

GP/GS: 2/2
Points: 45 (22.54)
FG/FGA: 13/26 (.500)
3FG/3FGA: 7/14 (.500)
FT/FTA: 12/15 (.750)
Rebounds: 21 (10.5 rpg)
Assists: 3 (1.5 apg)
Blocks: 3 (1.5 bpg)

Allegheny sophomore forward Jordan Rawls played a crucial role in leading the Gators to their first two NCAC wins of the season last weekend against DePauw, 70-57, and Wabash, 75-71. In the win over DePauw, Rawls erupted for game-highs of 29 points and 14 rebounds, while also shooting 8-for-15 from the field and 5-for-9 from beyond the arc. A day later in the comeback win over Wabash, he again led the Gators with 16 and tied for the team lead with seven rebounds and two blocked shots. In the two games combined, he shot 50 percent (13-for-26) from the field, 50 percent (7-for-14) from beyond the arc and 75 percent (12-for-15) from the free throw line.

December 11th
 

Spencer Williams, Wooster
(Warrensville Hts., OH/Orange) 

GP/GS: 2/2
Points: 43 (21.5 ppg)
FG/FGA: 15/25 (.600)
3FG/3FGA: 6/10 (.600) 
FT/FTA: 7/9 (.778)
Rebounds: 6 (3.0 rpg)
Steals: 5 (2.5 spg)
Assists: 8 (4.0 apg)

Wooster senior guard Spencer Williams recorded a pair of 20-point performances last week in wins over Hiram, 91-70, and DePauw, 83-63. Against Hiram, Williams poured in 21 points, dished out six assists and pulled down five rebounds, before scoring a game-high 22 on Saturday at DePauw after shooting 8-for-11 from the field, 4-for-5 from three-point range and a perfect 2-for-2 from the line. In the two games combined, Williams shot 60 percent (15-for-25) from the field, 60 percent (6-for-10) from beyond the arc and 78 percent (7-for-9) from the free throw line.

December 4th
 

Jack Davidson, Wabash
(Fishers, IN/Hamilton Southeastern)

GP/GS: 2/2
Points: 52 (26.0)
FG/FGA: 16/30 (.533)
3FG/3FGA: 7/13 (.538) 
FT/FTA: 13/14 (.929)
Rebounds: 18 (9.0 rpg)
Assists: 8 (4.0 apg)

Wabash freshman guard Jack Davidson continued his torrid start to his collegiate career in a pair of wins last week against Earlham, 82-69, and Wooster, 85-72. Davidson flirted with a triple-double against Earlham with 35 points, 11 rebounds and six assists, before adding 17 points and seven more rebounds in Wabash’s first win at Wooster since 2011. In the two games combined, Davidson shot 53 percent (16-of-30) from the field, 54 percent (7-of-13) from beyond the arc and a near perfect 93 percent (13-of-14) from the free throw line.  

November 27th
 

Seth Clark, Ohio Wesleyan
(Lewis Center, OH/Olentangy) 

GP/GS: 2/2
Points: 52 (26.0 ppg)
FG/FGA: 20/34 (.588) 
3FG/3FGA: 10/18 (.556) 
FT/FTA: 2/2 (1.000)
Rebounds: 15 (7.5 rpg)
Assists: 4 (2.0 apg)

For the second week in a row, Ohio Wesleyan senior guard Seth Clark earned the NCAC Player of the Week award after he averaged 26.0 points in a pair of wins over Otterbein, 81-59, and Capital, 87-70, as part of the NCAC/OAC Challenge. He was one rebound shy of a double-double against Otterbein with 28 points and nine rebounds, before adding another 24 points and six rebounds in the victory over Capital. In the two games combined, Clark shot 20-for-34 (.588) from the field, which included knocking down 10-of-18 (.556) attempts from three-point range.

November 20th
   

Seth Clark, Ohio Wesleyan
(Lewis Center, OH/Olentangy) 

GP/GS: 2/2
Points: 50 (25.0 ppg)
FG/FGA: 20/31 (.645) 
3FG/3FGA: 8/16 (.500) 
FT/FTA: 2/3 (.667)
Rebounds: 11 (5.5 rpg)
Assists: 9 (4.5 apg)

Ohio Wesleyan senior guard Seth Clark had pinpoint accuracy from the field in leading the Bishops to a pair of wins over Trine, 99-96, and Albion, 98-60, as part of the NCAC/MIAA Challenge last weekend in Gambier, Ohio. He opened the season by scoring 34 points in the win over Trine after shooting 13-of-19 from the field and 6-of-11 from three-point range. He then added 16 points in the win over Albion on 7-of-12 shooting from the field and a 2-of-5 clip from long distance. In the two games combined, he also added 11 rebounds (5.5 rpg) and nine assists (4.5 apg).