2009-10 Men's Basketball Players of the Week

March 1, 2010
James Wang, Williams
(Sophomore, Guard - Sydney, Australia)
Wang led the Ephs to the 2010 NESCAC Men’s Basketball Championship over the weekend, averaging 19.5 points per game on .577 shooting (15-for-26) along with 4.5 assists and 4.0 rebounds per game. On Saturday in the semifinals against Bates, Wang had 20 points on 9-of-13 shooting, six boards and six assists during a 71-48 victory. He followed with 19 points, three assists, two rebounds and two steals on Sunday in a 64-58 victory against Middlebury.
   
February 22, 2010
James Wang, Williams
(Sophomore, Guard - Sydney, Australia)
Wang poured in a career-high 30 points during the Ephs’ 77-62 victory over Wesleyan in the quarterfinals of the 2010 NESCAC Men’s Basketball Championship on Saturday. He hit 9-of-15 shots from the floor (.600), 5-for-8 from beyond the arc, and 7-of-8 from the foul line while also contributing four rebounds and two assists. Wang committed only one turnover in 31 minutes of action, as Williams won its 15th consecutive game.
   
February 15, 2010
Will Hanley, Bowdoin
(Sophomore, Forward - New Canaan, Conn.)
Hanley had three double-doubles during a 2-1 week for the Polar Bears, averaging 18.3 points and 13.0 rebounds per game while also contributing 3.3 assists, 1.3 steals and 1.0 blocks with an assist-to-turnover ratio of 3.3. During Tuesday’s 68-57 win over Bridgewater St., Hanley scored 15 points and grabbed 17 rebounds while dishing the ball six times. He followed with 22 points and 12 boards in an 80-77 overtime setback on Friday to Wesleyan, then closed out the regular season with 18 points and 10 rebounds in a critical 67-47 victory against Connecticut College that secured the fifth seed in the NESCAC Men’s Basketball Championship for Bowdoin. For the week, Hanley went 23-for-41 from the floor (.561) and 7-for-9 from the line (.778).
   
February 8, 2010
Alex Gallant, Bates
(Junior, Forward - Bangor, Maine)
Gallant was a key reserve for Bates during a 2-0 weekend, which included a 76-47 win over Amherst on Friday - the first victory by the Bobcats over the Lord Jeffs since the 1987-88 season. During Friday’s win, Gallant had a career-high 24 points on 9-of-14 shooting (.643) in 24 minutes played. He followed with a game-high 18 points and a team-high seven rebounds in Saturday’s 70-63 victory over Trinity, the Bobcats’ fifth win in a row. For the week, he averaged 21.0 points and 5.0 rebounds per game on 18-of-27 shooting (.667).
   
Demetrius Porter, Connecticut College
(Sophomore, Forward - Virginia Beach, Va.)
Porter averaged a double-double during a 1-1 week for the Camels, scoring 32.0 points and grabbing 11.0 rebounds per game. On Tuesday at Hunter, Porter exploded for a career-high 33 points along with 11 boards on 12-of-17 shooting (.706) in an 83-79 victory. Saturday afternoon at Wesleyan, Porter scored 31 points and grabbed another 11 rebounds, going 17-for-18 from the foul line (.944) in a 79-70 setback. He finished the week hitting 19-of-31 from the floor (.613) and 26-of-29 from the foul line (.897).
   
February 1, 2010
Adam Choice, Colby
(Senior, Forward - Newport, R.I.)
Choice averaged 20.7 points, 7.0 rebounds, and 3.3 assists per game as the Mules stayed perfect in league play during a 3-0 overall week. He made 22-of-49 shots (.449) and went 18-of-26 from the foul line (.692). With all three games tight at the half, Choice posted 14.3 points in the second half to help Colby to victory, as he scored 15 of his 19 against Amherst in the second in a 67-63 win. His best performance came against Trinity in a 67-54 decision, with 27 points, nine rebounds, four assists and four blocks.
   
Jon Pierce, Tufts
(Senior, Forward - Belmont, Mass.)
Pierce recorded 27.3 points and 9.0 rebounds per game over three outings last week, as he dropped over 30 points in back-to-back conference contests. Pierce hit 29-of-47 from the floor (.617) and went 20-for-32 from the foul line (.625). On Friday at Wesleyan, Pierce had a double-double with 32 points and 13 rebounds on 11-for-15 shooting (.733) in a marathon loss to the Cardinals, 98-93 in four overtimes. He followed on Saturday with the most points by any player in league action this season with 35 in an 83-81 setback at Connecticut College. Pierce is just 22 points shy of the Jumbos’ all-time scoring record of 1,785 points.
   
January 25, 2010
David Waller, Amherst
(Sophomore, Guard/Forward - Tampa, Fla.)
In a 2-0 week on the road for the Lord Jeffs, Waller averaged 17.5 points, 9.5 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 1.0 blocks per game while playing 27.5 minutes per contest. He shot .650 from the floor (13-for-20) and 2-for-3 from beyond the arc (.667). Waller netted a career-high 20 points on 8-of-10 shooting in Thursday’s 87-69 win at Curry, adding nine rebounds and three assists. On Saturday at Trinity, Waller grabbed 10 boards and dished out five assists, both career-best figures, and scored 15 points in a 67-65 come-from-behind win over the Bantams.
   
January 18, 2010
Blake Schultz, Williams
(Senior, Guard/Forward - Atherton, Calif.)
Schultz had an impressive weekend to start conference action, averaging 25.0 points on 20-of-30 shooting (.667) along with 4.5 steals, 3.0 rebounds, and 2.5 assists per game in victories against Tufts and Bates. During Friday’s 91-55 victory over the Jumbos, Schultz went 11-for-16 from the floor for a game-high 26 points. He added 24 points on Saturday against the Bobcats, another game-high, along with five rebounds and five steals. Schultz was also 7-for-13 from three-point range (.538) for the week.
   
January 11, 2010
James Wang, Williams
(Sophomore, Guard - Sydney, Australia)
Wang averaged 21.0 points, 5.5 rebounds and 5.0 assists per game in a 2-0 week for the Ephs, as he hit 13-of-24 from the floor (.542) and 14-of-17 from the foul line (.824). On Monday in the championship of the Purple & Gold Invitational, Wang poured in 23 points on 7-of-11 shooting (.636) and 8-of-10 at the line in a 111-88 win over Colby-Sawyer. He followed on Saturday with 19 more points along with six assists in a 72-69 victory against Amherst. He also had two steals, a block, and an assist-to-turnover ratio of 2.0 for the week.
   
January 4, 2010
Ryan Sharry, Middlebury
(Sophomore, Forward - Braintree, Mass.)
Sharry averaged 13.5 points, 9.0 rebounds and 4.0 blocks per game, as he went 12-for-21 from the floor (.571) during a 2-0 week for the Panthers. On Wednesday at Renssealer, Sharry scored 14 points and grabbed seven boards during a 63-52 victory. He followed on Saturday with his third double-double of the season in a 62-47 decision over Hamilton, collecting 13 points, 11 rebounds, and six blocks in the win. At 9-0, Middlebury is off to its best start in program history.
   
December 14, 2009
Kurt Bennett, Amherst
(Junior, Center - Placerville, Calif.)
Bennett averaged 15.5 points and 7.5 rebounds while shooting an impressive .833 from the floor (15-for-18) over a pair of wins for the Lord Jeffs last week. On Tuesday against Emmanuel, Bennett was a perfect 12-for-12 for a career-high 24 points in a 98-76 victory. He followed with seven points and nine rebounds in just 16 minutes of action during a 94-70 win at Lasell on Saturday.
   
Mick Distasio, Trinity
(Freshman, G/F - Yarmouth, Maine)
In a 1-1 week for the Bantams, Distasio had 18.5 points per game as he went 13-for-21 from the floor (.619) and 10-for-16 from three point range (.625). Distasio made his first career start on Tuesday against Springfield, scoring eight points in 17 minutes during a 73-56 win. On Friday versus Skidmore, Distasio had a career-high 29 points as he went 10-for-16 from the floor and 8-for-12 from beyond the arc (.667) in an 82-79 setback. For the week, he added four assists, three steals, and two rebounds.
   
December 7, 2009
Blake Schultz, Williams
(Senior, Guard - Atherton, Calif.)
Schultz averaged 30.5 points per game on 18-of-26 shooting (.692) over two wins last week and in the process became the 27th player in Eph history to reach 1,000 career points. On Tuesday against Salem St., Schultz had 27 points, four rebounds and two assists in a 100-71 win. He followed on Saturday with a career-high 34 points as he went 11-for-13 from the floor (.846) and 8-for-10 from beyond the arc during a 111-74 victory against Vassar. Schultz finished the week shooting .647 from three-point range (11-for-17) and .933 from the foul line (14-for-15).
   
November 30, 2009
Mike Russell, Colby
(Junior, Forward - Wellesley, Mass.)
Russell posted a double-double with 20 points and 20 rebounds to lead the Mules to an 80-75 victory over Maine-Fort Kent last Tuesday. Russell went 9-for-15 from the floor (.600), 2-for-3 from the foul line (.667) and grabbed 12 of his 20 boards on the defensive glass. He also had two assists and a block during 32 minutes of action.
   
James Wang, Williams
(Sophomore, Guard - Sydney, Australia)
Wang averaged 24.0 points on 16-of-22 shooting (.727) and 4-for-8 from three-point range during a 2-0 week for the Ephs, which included an 106-91 win over Wesleyan on Tuesday and an 83-62 victory at MCLA on Sunday. Against the Cardinals, Wang had a career-high 29 points, going 10-for-14 from the floor (.714) and 7-for-8 from the foul line. He also added in seven assists, four steals, and a rebound.
   
November 23, 2009
Adam Choice, Colby
(Senior, Forward - Newport, R.I.)
Choice poured in 24 of his game-high 26 points in the second half to lead the Mules back from a 31-19 halftime deficit to a 75-62 win at Rhode Island Col. on Saturday. Choice went 8-for-12 from the floor in the second half and finished with a .421 shooting percentage (8-for-19). With Colby leading 59-57 in the second half, Choice scored nine of the Mules’ final 16 points to help them pull away. He also grabbed 11 rebounds, added six assists and two steals.