HADLEY, Mass. – Williams junior James Heskett (Cincinnati, Ohio) has been selected as the NESCAC Men’s Basketball Player of the Year by the conference coaches. Heskett is the fourth Eph to be honored, joining Ben Coffin (2004), Blake Schultz (2010) and Troy Whittington (2011). Heskett, who was also an All-NESCAC First Team selection, led the NESCAC in scoring, averaging 19.5 points per game, and ranked among the leaders in 3-point shooting, connecting on 43.9 percent of his shots from beyond the arc. He helped Williams win the 2018 NESCAC Championship for the first time since 2010 to earn an automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament.g).There were only four players among the First and Second Team selections who earned All-NESCAC honors for the second time. Amherst, Hamilton and Williams each had two players named to the All-NESCAC teams.
- Williams junior Bobby Casey also represented the Ephs on the First Team. He ranked second on the team in scoring (15.6) and shot 42.9 percent from 3-point range for the season. Casey and Heskett combined to be one of the highest scoring duos in the conference.
- Senior Jack Daly nearly averaged a triple-double for Middlebury to earn his first All-NESCAC honor. He led the team in scoring (15.9), rebounding (8.0) and assists (8.4), while starting all 25 games for the NCAA-bound Panthers.
- Kena Gilmour, the 2017 Rookie of the Year, helped Hamilton post one of its best seasons in school history with 22 wins. The sophomore led the Continentals in scoring (17.6) and chipped in 7.2 rebounds per game.
- Tufts senior Vincent Pace earned his second All-NESCAC accolade. He was a Second Team selection as a sophomore in 2016. Pace ranked second in the conference in scoring (18.3) and fourth in rebounding (8.3), while starting all 24 games for the Jumbos.
- Wesleyan senior Jordan Sears was selected as the NESCAC Defensive Player of the Year. He is the first Cardinal to earn the honor. Sears led Wesleyan to its first NESCAC Championship appearance since 2015 and an NCAA Tournament at-large bid. He totaled 51 blocks to rank among the league leaders, and chipped in 5.7 points and 5.2 rebounds per game this season.
- Austin Hutcherson of Wesleyan was named the NESCAC Rookie of the Year. He is the second Cardinal to earn the honor, joining Sasha Brown (2010). Hutcherson ranked third on the team in scoring (11.1) and chipped in 3.6 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game. He earned 24 starts in 27 games played.
- Hamilton head coach Adam Stockwell was named the NESCAC Coach of the Year for the first time in his seven seasons at the helm of the Continentals. He is the first Hamilton coach to earn the honor, as he guided the Continentals to a five-way tie for first place in the standings with a 7-3 record after going 4-6 a year ago.
Men's Basketball All-Conference Teams