Davidson Named NABC Great Lakes Player of the Year and Academic All-American
March 14, 2019
Sophomore guard Jack Davidson continues to collect postseason honors for his play throughout the 2018-2019 Division III men's basketball season. Wednesday Davidson was named the National Association of Basketball Coaches' (NABC) Division III Great Lakes District Player of the Year in addition to earning a place on the All-Great Lakes District First Team. Davidson was also named to the 2018-19 Google Cloud Academic All-America® Division III Men's Basketball Second Team in selections announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
Davidson averaged 25.1 points per game for Wabash, tenth-best among NCAA Division III players and the top mark for any sophomore player at the DIII level. He shot 93.1 percent from the free throw line to also finish second among NCAA DIII players, while his 202 free throws made were third-most in Division III this year and broke the Wabash single-season record. Davidson in an economics major with a 3.78 cumulative grade point average. He is the 29th Wabash student-athlete to be honored as an Academic All-America. CoSIDA began the distinguished Google Cloud Academic All-America® program in 1952, and since then, has honored thousands of deserving student-athletes from numerous sports across all divisions with these elite Academic All-America scholar-athlete honors. The Academic All-America® program is nominated and voted upon exclusively by members of CoSIDA.
Davidson broke the all-divisions NCAA record for consecutive free throws made by connecting on 95 free throws in a row over 14 games to eclipse the mark of 94 held by Paul Cluxton Division II's Northern Kentucky University during the 1996-1997 season. Davidson passed the DIII record of 84 set by Dirk Rhinehart from Kalamazoo College from the 2000-2001 to 2001-2002 seasons as well as the Division I mark of 85 consecutive free throws made held by Butler University's Darnell Archey.
Davidson scored in double figures in all 26 games he played in for the 2018-19 season, including seven games with 30 or more points. He scored 40 points posted three times, including 47-point effort in the North Coast Athletic Conference Tournament quarterfinal game versus Hiram to break the league record for points in a tournament game. His 47-point effort was also the third-best single-game performance in Wabash basket history. He surpassed the 1,000-point scoring mark in his career this year, finishing the season with a total of 1,125 career points through 52 games to rank 19th in Wabash basketball history.
Wabash finished the season 21-6 overall, marking the first 20-win season for the Little Giants since finishing 20-10 for the 2010-2011 campaign. The Little Giants tied for second in the NCAC regular season standings with a record of 14-4 in conference games.
Located in Kansas City, MO, the NABC was founded in 1927 by Forrest "Phog" Allen, the legendary basketball coach at the University of Kansas. Allen, a student of James Naismith, the inventor of basketball, organized coaches into this collective group to serve as Guardians of the Game. The NABC currently has nearly 5,000 members consisting primarily of university and college men's basketball coaches. All members of the NABC are expected to uphold the core values of being a Guardian of the Game by bringing attention to the positive aspects of the sport of basketball and the role coaches play in the academic and athletic lives of today's student-athletes. The four core values of being a Guardian of the Game are advocacy, leadership, service and education. Additional information about the NABC, its programs and membership, can be found at www.nabc.org. The NABC All-District Team and Player of the Year Awards are selected by member coaches of the NABC in NCAA Division III.
The 15-man Academic All-America® men's team has a 3.89 GPA with the first team posting a 3.96. Two men boast perfect 4.0s. The Division III Academic All-America® program is being financially supported by the NCAA Division III national governance structure to assist CoSIDA with handling the awards fulfillment aspects for the 2018-19 Division III Academic All-America® teams program. For more information regarding the Google Cloud Academic All-America® program, visit https://academicallamerica.com/.