Men’s Basketball Offensive Athlete of the Week
Jake Ross, Springfield (So, Northampton, Mass.)
Ross led Springfield to the Hampton Inn West Springfield/Naismith Classic title over the weekend with wins over Thomas and 12th-ranked Wesleyan and was named MVP of the Classic. The sophomore averaged 25 points per game, shooting nearly 41% from the floor to go along with 9.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists. and 1.5 steals per game while playing over 35 minutes a contest. Ross helped the Pride snap a five-game skid on Saturday as he totaled 24 points and six rebounds in a 21-point win over Thomas before putting together a remarkable showing in the championship game, handing No. 12 Wesleyan their first loss of the season. The sophomore recorded 26 points, 12 rebounds, four assists, two steals, and a block and help Springfield rally from a 15-point second-half deficit to defeat a nationally-ranked team for the sixth-consecutive season.