2005 Men's Basketball All-Conference Selections Announced

Andrew Schiel of Amherst Named Player of the Year

HADLEY, Mass. – Amherst’s Andrew Schiel was named NESCAC Men’s Basketball Player of the Year in a vote of the league’s coaches. The senior forward led the Jeffs averaging 17.0 points per game while shooting 58% from the field. A presence inside and out, Schiel hit 36.7% of his three-point attempts while ranking second in the conference in blocked shots averaging almost two per contest.

Schiel and fellow first team selection John Bedford led Amherst to the NESCAC Championship posting a 25-1 mark this season. Bedford, a junior guard/forward, ranked among the conference leaders in points (15.0 ppg), field goal percentage (50.2%), free throw percentage (76.4%) and three-point field goal percentage (39.7%).

Junior forward Tyler Rhoten of Trinity was honored on the first team for the second consecutive season. Rhoten, the 2002-03 Rookie of the Year, led the league in scoring averaging 22.1 points per game and was the only conference player to lead his team in points, rebounds, free throw percentage and field goal percentage.

A pair of senior forwards round out the first team selections, Tucker Kain of Williams and Reggie Stovell of Tufts. Kain paced the Ephs this year averaging 18.6 points and 9.2 rebounds per contest while hitting 41.2% of his shots from behind the three-point arc. A District 1 Academic All-American Second Team selection, Kain became the 23rd player in Williams’ men’s basketball history to top 1000 points in a career.

Stovell also earned all-conference honors. The senior forward led the league in rebounding with 10.2 caroms per contest while chipping in 18.2 points, third best in the conference. Stovell led the Jumbos to a 7-2 conference mark and 16-10 overall, an eight win improvement over last year.

Williams senior guard Jaris Cole was named NESCAC Defensive Player of the Year. Cole was fourth in the conference in steals (2.04 per game) while leading the Ephs in blocks, steals and ranking second on the squad in defensive rebounds.

Amherst’s Andrew Olson and Connecticut College’s Charles Stone shared Rookie of the Year honors. Stone led the Camels and all NESCAC rookies in points (14.6), rebounds (7.3) and blocks (0.96). Olson ran the point guard position for conference champion Amherst posting a 2.60 assist to turnover ratio averaging 4.19 assists and 7.2 points per contest.

Amherst head coach Dave Hixon was named NESCAC Coach of the Year. Hixon directed the Jeffs to their third conference title in five years and sixth consecutive NCAA tournament appearance. Amherst, who advanced to the NCAA Division III Final Four a season ago and is riding a school-record 18-game winning streak, will host the Norwich/Springfield winner in a second round NCAA Tournament contest on Saturday at LeFrak Gymnasium.

NESCAC all-conference selections are determined in a vote by the conference coaches. Additional players honored are due to ties in the voting.

2004-05 NESCAC Men's Basketball All-Conference

  First Team School  Yr.  Hometown 
John Bedford Amherst Jr. Ridgewood, N.J.
F Tucker Kain Williams Sr. Cleveland, Ohio
F Tyler Rhoten Trinity Jr. Ridgewood, N.J.
C/F Andrew Schiel Amherst Sr. Wayne, Pa.
F Reggie Stovell Tufts Sr. Washington, D.C.
  Second Team      
G John Halas Trinity Sr. White Plains, N.Y.
G Pat McGowan Colby Sr. North Attleboro, Mass.
F Kyle Petrie Bowdoin Jr. Iowa City, Iowa
G Zak Ray Bates So. Bangor, Maine
F Rob Stockwell Bates So. Temple, N.H.
  Player of the Year      
C/F Andrew Schiel
Amherst Sr. Wayne, Pa.
  Defensive Player of the Year    
G Jaris Cole Williams Sr. San Diego, Calif.
  Co-Rookies of the Year      
G Andrew Olson
Fr. San Diego, Calif.
C Charles Stone Connecticut College Fr. Hackensack, N.J.
  Coach of the Year      
  David Hixon Amherst