Strong Named Player of the Year

VWC's Adair Named to Second Team

SALEM Va. --- Guilford's Ben Strong continues to garner some impressive postseason press, with this latest honor the most notable.  Already honored with the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) and South Region top play honors, Strong was selected as the National Player of the Year during championship weekend.

Joining Strong as an ODAC representative is former conference player of the year, Virginia Wesleyan College's Brandon Adair.

Strong led Guilford to a second place finish in the ODAC regular season and a trip to the NCAA tournament in which his Quakers fell one victory short of traveling to Salem, Virginia, for the NCAA Division III Championship Series.

Strong finished the season in the top 15 in several national categories including a fourth place showing in scoring at 25.4 points per contest.  He was one of only two players to score more than 700 points this season (737: Mt. St. Mary's Mike Hoyt scored 898 pts.).  Strong finished eight in the nation in rebounding at 11.2 boards per contest, and placed 13th in blocked shots with 2.5 per contest (72 total).

The 6-foot 11-inch center's shining moment came in Guilford's NCAA sectional opener against Lincoln University.  Strong burned the Lions for 59 points, tied for the second highest single-game total this season.  He connected on 20-of-27 shots from the field and hit 19-of-22 free throws.  He also corralled 13 rebounds and blocked four shots in the effort.  Strong followed that performance with 34 points and 17 rebounds in the Quakers' NCAA sectional finals loss to Virginia Wesleyan.

VWC's Adair led his Marlins back to the NCAA D-III title game for the second straight season.  After winning the national title a season ago, the Marlins came up short in this year's title bout, falling to Amherst College 80-67.  Adair was named to the All-Championship Series Team after averaging 21 points and 5.5 rebounds in the two games.  Against Washington University in the second national semifinal game, Adair made all 12 of his shots from the field, setting a new D-III men's basketball championship series record for field goal percentage.

For the season, Adair finished tied for second in the conference at 17.8 points per game.  He was also third in the conference in rebounding at 7.7 boards per game.  On the national scene, Adair was second in the nation with .691 shooting percentage (246-of-356).

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