Baskauskas Named to Team of the Week

Senior co-captain Brian Baskauskas is the first NESCAC player to be named to a Team of the Week this season.
AMHERST, MA – Just two days after being named the NESCAC Men’s Basketball Player of the Week, Amherst College senior Brian Baskauskas (Palo Alto, CA) was one of five players in Division III selected to the Team of the Week.

Baskauskas is the first NESCAC player selected to the national Team of the Week since February of last year. He joins David Arseneault of Grinnell, Terrell Hollins of Brandeis, Luke Caldarera of Trinity (TX) and Michael McClary of Olivet as this week’s honorees.

Baskauskas averaged 21.0 points and 5.0 rebounds per game last week while shooting 69.4 percent from the floor and 66.7 percent (6-for-9) from beyond the arc. After leading the Jeffs to wins over Lasell and Springfield, the senior co-captain poured in a career-high 30 points on 12-of-15 shooting against Westfield State to earn MVP honors at the Pioneer Valley Classic.

Entering this week, Baskauskas is fourth in the NESCAC in scoring (17.5 ppg) with the fifth highest field goal percentage (.575) and 10th best mark from three-point range (.480). He has been just as impressive on the defensive end, as his 1.33 steals-per-game average is tied for eighth best in the conference. Baskauskas also boasts an impressive assist-to-turnover ratio of 3.6, which is the second highest in the NESCAC.  

With his 18 points against Emmanuel College last night, Baskauskas has bumped his career total to 879, just 121 shy of becoming the 23rd player in program history to reach the 1,000-point mark.

Amherst is off to another impressive start as the only remaining unbeaten team in the NESCAC (7-0). The Lord Jeffs lead the conference in scoring average (89.3 ppg) and field goal percentage (.496), and are second in field goal percentage defense (.380) and rebounding margin (+8.8).

Baskauskas and the Lord Jeffs do not return to action until Wednesday, Dec. 31, when they head west to take on Cal Tech at 5 p.m. (EST).