This release is courtesy of Babson and Springfield Sports Information.
SALEM, Va. - The evening of the NCAA Division III Men's Basketbal Championship, D3Hoops.com named Babson's Joey Flannery the National Player of the Year while Springfield's Jake Ross was tabbed the National Rookie of the Year. Flannery helped lead the Beavers to an impressive 2016-17 season that finished with the programs first NCAA National Title. Ross paved his way to national recognition with his impressive numbers on the stat sheet topping many freshmen throughout the nation.
Joey Flannery, Babson
A three-time first-team All-America selection, Flannery becomes the first player in school history to be selected as the D3hoops.com Player of the Year. He averaged 23.4 points and career highs of 7.1 rebounds and 3.8 assists while shooting 46.2 percent from the field in 32 starts to help the Beavers win a school-record 31 games this winter.
Flannery, who finished second in Division III with a single-season school-record 750 points, also ranked 10th nationally in points per game while setting a new program record with 252 field goals this winter. Additionally, Flannery connected on a career-high 78 three-pointers, produced eight double-doubles, and was at his best down the stretch as he produced nine straight games of 20 or more points while averaging 27.8 points in the NCAA Tournament.
A four-time New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Player of the Year selection and the 2016 National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Player of the Year, Flannery averaged 22.0 points, 6.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 119 career games. He ranks eighth in Division III history in scoring (2,620 points), and is first in program history in made field goals (856) and free throws (689) in addition finishing third in three-point field goals (205), seventh in rebounds (779) and tied for seventh in assists (296).
Jake Ross, Springfield
Ross is the first Springfield College men's basketball student-athlete to ever earn the national rookie of the year honor from D3hoops.com. There are 416 men's basketball programs who compete at the NCAA Division III level, making his recognition a milestone achievement head coach Charlie Brock and the program.
Leading up to this national accolade, Ross had previously been named the D3hoops.com Northeast Rookie of the Year, the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division III New England Rookie of the Year, and the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Rookie of the Year. Additionally, Ross has earned all-region honors from both the ECAC and D3hoops.com.
A local product from nearby Northampton, Mass., Ross put together one of the best seasons of any first-year in all of college basketball. His 22.7 points per game is the fourth most among all freshmen in the country, while his 13 double doubles is also the fourth-highest total among rookies in the nation.
Ross ranked second in the NEWMAC in scoring with 22.7 points per game, and his 9.0 rebounds per contest was also second best. He registered a conference-best 46 steals, while his 81 assists ranked seventh as he averaged just over 33 minutes per game. This season, Ross scored at least 20 points in 19 games, including four 30-point outings.