Springfield, Mass. - March 14, 2017 - Springfield College freshman Jake Ross (Northampton, Mass.) was tabbed the D3hoops.com Northeast Rookie of the Year, while also being selected to the D3hoops.com All-Northeast Region Second Team.
Ross is the first Springfield College men's basketball student-athlete to ever earn the regional rookie of the year honor from D3hoops.com. Additionally, Ross was one of only two freshman in the nation to earn all-region honors, joining Nebraska Wesleyan's Nate Schimonitz, who was named to the All-West Region Third Team.
It has been a decorated year for Ross, who earlier this season became the fourth-ever Springfield College men's basketball student-athlete to garner the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Rookie of the Year recognition. He was also chosen as the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division III New England Rookie of the Year.
A local product 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.
Ross led the NEWMAC in scoring with 22.7 points per game, and 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 as he was one of 20 men's basketball players from New England to earn the regional honor from D3hoops.com.
In its 16th year of naming all-region teams, D3hoops.com selected 122 student-athletes from across the nation to earn the recognition. A total of 732 student-athletes from eight different regions were nominated this year for the accolade.