Brian Baskauskas Named to All-NESCAC First Team

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AMHERST, MA – The NESCAC announced today the members of its 2009 Men’s Basketball All-Conference Team, with Amherst College senior co-captain Brian Baskauskas (Palo Alto, CA) representing the Lord Jeffs by earning a spot on the First Team.

During what has been a phenomenal senior season, Baskauskas has led his team by averaging 16.4 points and 6.4 rebounds per game while shooting at a .516 clip from the floor. His averages leave him fifth in the NESCAC in scoring, seventh in rebounding and 10th in field goal percentage.

Baskauskas has also distributed the ball well during a year in which he has consistently been the focal point of opposing defenses, as he has dished out 2.04 assists per game for the conference’s 13th highest average. Amherst’s leader has been just as impressive on defense, picking up 1.11 steals and 0.89 blocks per game for the NESCAC’s 15th and 10th best averages, respectively.

Baskauskas has averaged 13.0 points per game in the past three years to move into 15th place on Amherst’s all-time scoring list. His 1,199 career points leave him only 11 behind Dave Auten ’70 (14th) and 29 behind Adam Harper ’04 (13th). Baskauskas also recorded the fifth highest free throw percentage in Amherst history last year (85.9) and is among the school’s all-time leaders in three-pointers made (146). In his career, Baskauskas has shot 55.0 percent from the floor, 45.3 percent from beyond the arc and 80.6 percent from the line.

A D3hoops.com Preseason All-America Third Team selection, Baskauskas has twice been named the NESCAC Player of the Week in his career. During a stretch that earned him a spot on the D3hoops.com Team of the Week, Baskauskas averaged 21.0 points and 5.0 rebounds while shooting 69.4 percent from the floor and 66.7 percent (6-for-9) from three. That week included a career-high 30-point performance on 12-for-15 shooting against Westfield State, which earned him MVP honors at the Pioneer Valley Classic.

Baskauskas will look to move up on Amherst’s all-time scoring list during the upcoming NCAA Tournament, where he has been successful in the past two years. In the Jeffs’ past 10 NCAA Tournament games, Baskauskas has averaged 11.6 points and 5.5 rebounds with a 3.4-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio while shooting 54.3 percent from the floor.

The Lord Jeffs will travel to The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey to take on Gwynedd-Mercy College on Friday, Mar. 6 at 8 p.m. in the opening round of the national tournament. Amherst has reached the Final Four in each of the past three years, as the Class of 2009 has earned 106 career victories—the third most by any class in program history—in its decorated four years.

Joining Baskauskas on the All-NESCAC First Team are Kevin Snyder and Blake Schultz of Williams College, Adam Choice of Colby, and Middlebury’s Ben Rudin. Rudin was also named the conference’s Player of the Year. Earning Second Team honors are Chris Wilson (Bates), Artie Cutrone (Colby), Paul Rowe (Trinity), Kyle Jackson (Bowdoin) and Jon Pierce (Tufts).

Other individual award winners include Rookie of the Year Demetrius Porter of Connecticut College and Defensive Player of the Year Tim Edwards of Middlebury, while Middlebury’s Jeff Brown was named the Coach of the Year for leading the Panthers to their first conference title and a first-round home game in the NCAA Tournament.

2009 NESCAC Men’s Basketball All-Conference Team
First Team
G – Ben Rudin – Sr. (Middlebury)
G – Kevin Snyder – Sr. (Williams)
G/F – Brian Baskauskas – Sr. (Amherst)
F – Adam Choice – Jr. (Colby)
F – Blake Schultz – Jr. (Williams)

Second Team
G – Chris Wilson – Jr. (Bates)
G/F – Artie Cutrone – Sr. (Colby)
G/F – Paul Rowe – Sr. (Trinity)
F – Kyle Jackson – Sr. (Bowdoin)
F – Jon Pierce – Jr. (Tufts)

Player of the Year: Ben Rudin (Middlebury)
Rookie of the Year: Demetrius Porter (Connecticut)
Defensive Player of the Year: Tim Edwards (Middlebury)
Coach of the Year: Jeff Brown (Middlebury)