Athletics

Fletcher Walters Named NESCAC Co-Player of the Week

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AMHERST, MA – Amherst College senior Fletcher Walters (Ann Arbor, MI) has been named the NESCAC Men’s Basketball Co-Player of the Week for leading the Lord Jeffs to a pair of Little Three victories. Walters averaged 19.5 points and 6.5 rebounds to help his team earn wins over Wesleyan University and fourth-ranked Williams College.

Walters poured in a game- and career-high 22 points in only 19 minutes of action during an 85-63 win over Wesleyan, knocking down seven of his nine field goal attempts (including 3-for-4 from beyond the arc) and all five of his attempts from the charity stripe.

The Lord Jeffs took an early lead in the Little Three standings by handing Williams its first loss of the season on Saturday night, as Amherst hung on for an 87-80 win at home. Walters played another solid all-around game, totaling 17 points, eight boards and a career-high six assists, again knocking down all five of his free throw attempts. The Jeffs’ win over the Ephs marked the fourth time this decade they have handed Williams its first loss of the season.

Walters is averaging 11.1 points and 5.8 rebounds per game while shooting at a .506 clip from the floor and .867 from three-point land. The 6’8 senior has also been a strong defensive presence for the Jeffs, as he is leading the team in steals (18) and is among the leaders in blocked shots (9).

This marks the second time Walters has been recognized by the NESCAC, as he was named the Conference Player of the Week in December of his junior season.

Tufts junior Jon Pierce earned the other Co-Player of the Week honor for averaging 30.5 points during two victories for the Jumbos. Amherst and Tufts will kick off their respective NESCAC slates this Friday in LeFrak Gymnasium at 7 p.m.