Springfield, Mass. - March 18, 2017 - Springfield College freshman Jake Ross (Northampton, Mass.) was named the D3hoops.com National Rookie of the Year, culminating his remarkable first season for the Pride's men's basketball team.
Ross is the first Springfield College men's basketball student-athlete to ever earn the national rookie of the year honor from D3hoops.com. There are 416 men's basketball programs who compete at the NCAA Division III level, making his recognition a milestone achievement for head coach Charlie Brock and the program.
Leading up to this national accolade, Ross had previously been named the D3hoops.com Northeast Rookie of the Year, the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division III New England Rookie of the Year, and the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Rookie of the Year. Additionally, Ross has earned all-region honors from both the ECAC and D3hoops.com.
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 ranked second in the NEWMAC in scoring with 22.7 points per game, and his 9.0 rebounds per contest was also 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.