This release is courtesy of Springfield Sports Information.
NEW YORK, N.Y. - Springfield College's Jake Ross (Northampton, Mass.) was recognized for his outstanding play last week and was selected as the United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) Division III Men's National Player of the Week.
In a pair of conference wins last week, Ross was sensational as he helped Springfield push its winning streak to five games. The sophomore guard averaged 30 points and 12 rebounds per game to go along with four assists, two steals, a block, and shot 84% from the charity stripe (21-25) to compile two double-double performances.
Ross opened the week with 26 points, 11 boards, two steals, and two assists as the Pride snapped 9th-ranked MIT's 11-game winning streak with a 68-65 win. It marked the first win for Springfield at MIT since 2007 and is the sixth-straight season that Springfield has defeated a nationally-ranked team, a stretch that has included six victories over teams in the nation's top 10. Ross scored the final eight points of the game for Springfield, and with the contest knotted at 63-all, Ross delivered consecutive layups and added a free-throw with one second remaining to complete the final margin.
On Saturday, in a 79-74 victory at Coast Guard, Ross erupted for 34 points and 13 boards. With only eight seconds left in the contest, Ross recorded a block and then converted two free throws to clinch the victory. This season, Ross has produced 12 double doubles, the fourth most among all players at the NCAA Division III level, and the most any student-athlete at the guard position.
Each Tuesday, the USBWA is selecting men's and women's Division III National Players of the Week. This is the fourth season that the USBWA will recognize national players of the week from Division III. The U.S. Basketball Writers Association was formed in 1956 at the urging of then-NCAA Executive Director Walter Byers. With some 900 members worldwide, it is one of the most influential organizations in college basketball and has selected an All-America team since the 1956-57 season.