NABC Selects Olson and Walters for Regional Awards; Olson Named All-American Once Again
Olson was named an NABC
First Team All-American once again.
Walters, Olson and the rest of the Lord Jeffs are currently in Salem, Virginia and in final preparations for the 2008 NCAA Division III Final Four. This weekend marks the fourth time in five years that Amherst has reached the National Semifinals, and the third consecutive season that Walters and Olson have visited the Salem Civic Center.
On Monday, the Amherst one-two punch was named to the NCAA All-Sectional Team for their play in wins over Richard Stockton and Brandeis. Walters and Olson also appeared side-by-side on the 2007-08 All-NESCAC First Team.
For Walters, a three-time recipient of the NESCAC Player of the Week award, regional recognition is new this season as the 6’8” swingman is experiencing career highs and team-leading marks in both scoring (14.6 ppg) and rebounding (7.3 rpg).
Walters has led the Jeffs in scoring on nine occasions, in rebounding on 16 occasions, and recorded a team-high eight double-doubles.
Fletcher Walters has made waves
around the nation this season.
When reflecting on what this weekend means for him, Olson explains that the experience is “somewhat bitter-sweet.” The four-year starter continues to add that, “making the Final Four is what you want to do, but you also know that your season is going to come to end this weekend one way or another.”
Walters echoes the sentiments from Olson, adding that he thinks “we have a great shot to go all the way and win it all again this weekend, but even then, I will know that my time at Amherst will be over.”
Olson also adds that he and Walters “have been lucky to gain such accolades recently, but that none of this would be possible without the help of our teammates and especially our classmates. Matt Goldsmith, Brandon Jones and Kevin Hopkins have been here every step of the way, as roommates, friends and teammates.”
The Lord Jeffs will tip-off against Ursinus College tomorrow at 5 p.m. at the Salem Civic Center, with the winner advancing to Saturday’s National Championship game at 4 p.m., live on CSTV. Wash. U-St. Louis and Hope College will play in the other semifinal tomorrow at 7 p.m.
2008 STATE FARM DIVISION III ALL-AMERICA FIRST TEAM
Matt Byrnes, Rowan University
Matt Goodwin, UW Whitewater
Andrew Olson, Amherst College
Kent Raymond, Wheaton (Ill.) College
Nick Shattuck, Ursinus College.
Ben Strong, Guilford College
Marcus Vanderheide, Hope College
Anthony Williams, SUNY Plattsburgh
NABC Division III All-District Northeast
Andrew Olson, Amherst College *
Dan Holbrook, UMass Dartmouth
Antoine Coleman, WPI
Joe Coppens, Brandeis University
Fletcher Walters, Amherst College
Dylan Holmes, Salem State College
* - Player of the Year