Baskauskas and Daigneault Named All-Americans

AMHERST, MA – Amherst College senior Brian Baskauskas (Palo Alto, CA) and sophomore Jaci Daigneault (Guilford, CT) were each named to the All-American teams this weekend, while Baskauskas also grabbed NABC All-Region honors.

Basko 1,000
Coach David Hixon '75 awards Brian Baskauskas
the game-ball after scoring his 1,000th point
earlier this year.

The set of honors are just the most recent for the Lord Jeff stars, as each earned First Team All NESCAC plaudits earlier this month. Daigneault was named a WBCA All-American at the Final Four banquet on Thursday evening, before she and Baskauskas were announced as D3Hoops All-Americans as part of live Championships broadcasts.

This marks the fourth straight year a member of the Amherst men’s basketball team earned a spot on the D3Hoops All-American teams. John Bedford '06 started the streak with a Third Team appearance in 2006, before Andrew Olson ’08 grabbed a spot on the First Team each of the last two years and Baskauskas landed on the Fourth Team this season. Daigneault is the first player in women’s basketball program history to earn a spot on the All-American teams, landing on the Second Team this season.

Baskauskas helped lead Amherst to a trio of Final Four appearances during his four seasons at Amherst, and was a starter on the Lord Jeffs’ 2007 National Championship team. While the Amherst men’s season ended early in the NCAA Tournament this season, Daigneault and the women’s side made their first appearance in the national semifinals last weekend.

During his phenomenal senior season, Baskauskas led his team by averaging 16.0 points and 6.4 rebounds per game while shooting at a .506 clip from the floor. His averages left him fifth in the NESCAC in scoring, seventh in rebounding and 11th in field goal percentage. Baskauskas also distributed the ball well, dishing out 2.1 assists per game for the conference’s 12th highest average. Amherst’s leader was just as impressive on defense, picking up 1.07 steals and 0.93 blocks per game for the NESCAC’s 16th and ninth best averages, respectively.

Baskauskas averaged 12.9 points per game in the past three years to land in 15th place on Amherst’s all-time scoring list. He 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 (147). In his career, Baskauskas shot 54.5 percent from the floor, 44.8 percent from beyond the arc and 80.6 percent from the line.

Jaci and GP
Heach coach GP Gromacki with Jaci Daigneault
after she was named a WBCA All American.
Daigneault will once again be a force for the Lord Jeffs next year, who return a majority of the talent that carried the team to the best season in program history. On the year, Amherst saw first-years and sophomores make up an average of 163-of-200 minutes played each game. While Daigneault will continue to make her mark on the record books over the next two seasons, Baskauskas will graduate this spring with a degree in political science.