Sanborn Named NABC Player of the Year
ODAC Players and Coaches Garner 23 Postseason Awards
SALEM, Va. --- Guilford College center Tyler
Sanborn increased his list of postseason honors to that of a full
catalog over the past week as the 2010 ODAC Player of the Year
headlines a group of nine ODAC men’s basketball
student-athletes and coaches that have earned a total of 23
different accolades. The recognition stems from three media
outlets including the National Association of Basketball Coaches
(NABC), D3hoops.com and Men’s DIII News.
Sanborn, who supplied Guilford with its third winner of the ODAC’s top player award in the last four years, earned four more best player distinctions following Guilford’s run to a second straight NCAA Division III National Championship Series appearance. Sanborn was tabbed the NABC District First Team Player of the Year for the South Region, the D3hoops.com South Region Player of the Year, and the DIII News Player of the Year.
The capper to that list is his announcement as the NABC Player of the Year, making Sanborn the second Quaker to win the award in four years (Ben Strong in 2007) and third ODAC student-athlete to receive the honor in the last five seasons (Virginia Wesleyan’s Brandon Adair in 2006). He will receive his award at the AT&T NABC Guardians of the Game Awards Show on Sunday, April 4, in Indianapolis. The event begins at 6:00 p.m. (EDT) at the Murat Theatre.
Sanborn earned first team honors on both the NABC district south region and D3hoops.com south region lists, as well as on the NABC All-America, D3hoops.com All-America and DIII News All-America squads.
The 6’9” post added yet another honor from Salem, Va., as he earned a place on the 2010 NCAA Division III National Championship Series All-Tournament Team. Sanborn ended his senior campaign atop the ODAC in rebounding at 14.1 boards per game and third in scoring at 19.8 points per game. Aside from ranking third in the nation in rebounding, his .643 field goal percentage sits ninth in the country. He collected 30 double-doubles in 33 games played, racking up one in each of five NCAA tournament games. His numbers in the 2010 national tourney improved from the regular season as he averaged 21.8 points and 16.6 rebounds per game while shooting .647 from the field (44-of-68) and .700 from the foul line (21-of-30). He scored 27 points and pulled down 14 rebounds in a loss to national runner-up Williams College in the semifinals. That performance was two games removed for a 21-point 23-rebound showing in a win over the College of Wooster in the sectional round.
The only ODAC student-athlete on the three NABC All-America Teams, Sanborn was joined by Eastern Mennonite University’s Todd Phillips on the D3hoops.com All-America First Team. Phillips, who also earned D3hoops.com South Region First Team and NABC South Region Second Team honors, posted his best season to date in three years in Harrisonburg. The junior wing ranked in the ODAC’s top-10 in five major categories including scoring (6th; 17.4 ppg), rebounding (4th; 7.3 rpg), assists (10th; 3.1 apg), steals (3rd; 2.13 spg) and blocked shots (8th; 0.97 bpg). He collected eight double-doubles, tied for second in the conference with Washington and Lee University forward, Ben Goetsch.
Guilford’s Clay Henson also found his name in three postseason awards directories. The senior shooter notched DIII News All-America Third Team, NABC South Region First Team and D3hoops.com South Region Second Team recognition. Henson ended his 2010 season fifth in the ODAC in scoring at 17.8 points per game. He was also #1 in three-point field goals made (98 for 2.97 per game) and assists-to-turnover ratio (1.84 a/to). Henson took part in the first NABC Division III All-Star Game, which preceded the 2010 NCAA Division III National Championship Game on Saturday in Salem, Va. Henson poured in a game-high 35 points on 13-of-19 shooting (9-of-13 from 3pt), but his West All-Stars fell to Sanborn’s East All-Stars, 109-107, in overtime.
Virginia Wesleyan College guard Stephen Fields also participated in the NABC All-Star Game, scoring three points and handing out three assists to his West teammates. Fields earned a pair of postseason honors as he was tabbed to the D3hoops.com South Region First Team and NABC South Region Second Team. A member of the All-ODAC First Team for the first time, Fields capped his four years as a Marlin as the ODAC’s second-ranked scorer at 20.8 points per game.
Bridgewater College guard, Dominic Trawick, and Lynchburg College point man, Steven Echols, were selected to the D3hoops.com South Region First and Third Teams, respectively. Trawick led the ODAC in scoring at 22.0 points per game to help secure his first All-ODAC First Team nod. He was also second in steals (2.32 spg). Echols, also a first time All-ODAC First Team choice, helped Lynchburg climb the ladder in the league standings as the Hornets went from two to six conference wins and from four to 12 overall victories. Echols was fourth in the ODAC in scoring at 18.3 points per game, but was #1 in the conference in assists (4.63 apg), steals (3.52 spg) and minutes played (33.47 mpg).
DIII News also publishes a national All-Freshman Team. Hampden-Sydney College forward, Harrison George, was named to that squad after a solid rookie campaign for the Tigers. George averaged 14 points and 7.1 rebounds per game, the latter ranking sixth in the ODAC. He was also fifth in the league with a .569 field goal shooting mark.
Eastern Mennonite head coach, Kirby Dean, and Randolph-Macon College mentor, Nathan Davis, were also honored amongst the ODAC’s award-winning contingent. Dean, the 2010 ODAC Coach of the Year, was chosen as the NABC South Region Coach of the Year. He led the Royals to a 25-5 overall record and 14-2 conference mark, securing the top seed in the ODAC tournament. EMU, which finished the season ranked #4 by D3hoops.com, earned an at-large bid into the NCAA Tournament. The Royals fell to Guilford in the sectional finals (last eight), one win short of a trip to Salem.
Davis, in his first year at the helm of his alma mater, was named the D3hoops.com South Region Coach of the Year. He led the Yellow Jackets all the way back to Salem in the NCAA Division III National Championship Series. Randolph-Macon, which posted 26-7 overall mark and 11-5 league record, spent two weeks as the country’s #1 rated team before finishing the season as the fifth-ranked squad. R-MC saw its campaign come to a close in the national semifinals as it fell to eventual D-III champion, the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.
Below are links to each of the award lists mention above. For more information, reference those lists or visit the websites of any of the participating schools. You can also visit the ODAC on the Internet at www.odaconline.com.
NABC D-III All-America Teams
NABC D-III All-District Teams
Official NABC Release for Player of the Year
D3hoops.com All-America Teams
D3hoops.com All-Region Teams
DIII News All-America Teams