Boston, Mass. - February 28, 2017 - Springfield College first-year Jake Ross (Northampton, Mass.) has been chosen as the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Men's Basketball Rookie of the Year, in addition to earning NEWMAC First Team All-Conference honors.
Ross becomes just the fourth Springfield College men's basketball student-athlete to ever receive the NEWMAC Rookie of the Year honor, and the first since Derek Yvon '07 was honored during the 2002-03 campaign.
Hailing from nearby Northampton, Mass., Ross put together one of the best seasons of any first-year in all of college basketball. His 22.7 points per game is the fourth most among all freshmen in the country, while his 13 double doubles is also the fourth-highest total among rookies in the nation.
One of six student-athletes to earn NEWMAC First Team All-Conference honors, Ross led the conference in scoring with 22.7 points per game, while his 9.0 rebounds per contest was second best. He registered a conference-best 46 steals, while his 81 assists ranked seventh as he averaged just over 33 minutes per game. This season, Ross scored at least 20 points in 19 games, including four 30-point outings, and was flooded with honors throughout the season, earning five conference, eight regional, and one national weekly accolade.
Additionally, first-year Heath Post (Cheshire, Conn.) was named to the NEWMAC All-Sportsmanship Team. New to the conference this year, the award is intended to recognize one student-athlete from each team, in every sport that best demonstrates the ideals of the NEWMAC and its Code of Conduct, regardless of his overall performance or statistics for the season.