Sophomore guard Jack Davidson has been named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) All-America First Team announced Thursday, March 14.
The 15 student-athletes named to the All-America teams were selected and voted on by member coaches of the NABC in NCAA Division III and represent the most outstanding basketball players across America in their division. Davidson is the second Wabash basketball player to earn All-America First Team honors. He joins Pete Metzelaars, an NBAC Division III All-America First Team selection after leading the Little Giants to the 1982 NCAA DIII National Championship title. Metzelaars was also named the 1982 NABC Division III Player of the Year.
Davidson adds the All-America First Team honors to a growing list of accolades for his performance on the court for the Wabash team during the 2018-2019 season as well as his excellence in the classroom. He earned NABC DIII Great Lakes District Player of the Year honors and was selected to that organization' DIII All-Great Lakes District First Team. Davidson was named to the Google Cloud Division III Men's Basketball Academic All-America ® Team as selected by CoSIDA. He was one of only three individuals to be selected to both the NABC All-America and Google Cloud Academic All-America® Division III teams. Davidson earned 2019 North Coast Athletic Conference Player of the Year honors as voted by the league coaches and was an all-conference First Team selection. He was named the 2018 NCAC Newcomer of the Year as a Second Team all-conference selection.
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. He scored 30 or more points in seven games and posted three games with 40 or more points, including 47 points 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 the third-best single-game performance in Wabash basket history. He also 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.