Davidson named POY in NCAC — Davidson and Hallstrom earn NCAC honors for Wabash
February 27, 2019
Wabash College sophomore guard Jack Davidson has been named the 2019 North Coast Athletic Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year in addition to earning a place on the All-NCAC First Team. Harrison Hallstrom joined Davidson as an all-conference honoree with Hallstrom's selection to the All-NCAC Second Team.
Davidson is the third Wabash player to earn NCAC Player of the Year honors, joining Joe DesJean who garnered the award in 2002 and Josh Estelle, the 2000 NCAC Player of the Year recipient. Davidson led the NCAC and ranked 10th among Division III players national in scoring with a 25.1 points-per-game average. He led DIII in free throws made with 202 and in free throw percentage at 93.1 percent. Davidson broke the NCAA all-divisions record for consecutive free throws made by sinking 95 in a row to top the former record of 94 held by Paul Buxton from Division II Northern Kentucky.
Davidson scored 30 or more points seven times during the 2018-19 season. He scored a career-best 47 points in the Little Giants' win over Hiram in quarterfinal round of the NCAC Tournament, breaking the single-game tournament scoring record of 44 points held by Seth Clark from Ohio Wesleyan in a 2017 game against the College of Wooster. Davidson also led the NCAC in three-point field goal shooting percentage at 43.3 percent. He was a Second Team All-NCAC selection in 2018 in addition to winning Newcomer of the Year by vote of the conference coaches.
Davidson was also honored as a member of the 2019 Google Cloud Division III Academic All-District VII Men's Basketball Team, selected by CoSIDA, last week.
Hallstrom earned Second Team All-NCAC honors after averaging 12.6 points and 8.1 rebounds over the course of 27 games for Wabash this season. He finished second in the conference in field goal shooting percentage at 59.4 percent and ranked third in rebounds per game. His averaged 2.59 offensive rebounds a contest, second-highest average among NCAC players. Harrison grabbed an average of 5.48 defensive boards a game, fifth-best in the NCAC. He tallied four double-doubles for the year. Hallstrom scored a career-best 26 points at Allegheny and tied his career-best effort with 18 rebounds at Wooster. His All-NCAC selection is the first of his career.