Posted: Jan 29, 2019
WATERVILLE, Maine -- Colby College's Sam Jefferson (Newton, Mass.) had the top performance last week of any NCAA Division III player after being named the United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) National Player of the Week on Tuesday.
Jefferson also was named to the D3hoops.com Team of the Week on Wednesday.
"It was a tremendous week for the group and Sam was fantastic over the three games," Colby head coach Damien Strahorn said. "He has been so dedicated going back to the fall and his preparations for the season. He has become a really good two-way player and can impact the game in a number of different ways."
Jefferson is the first New England Small College Athletic Conference men's basketball player to earn the USBWA honor this season.
Jefferson was honored as the NESCAC Player of the Week and Maine Men's Basketball Player of the Week on Monday.
Jefferson averaged 27.3 points, shot 58.6 percent from 3-point range (17-for-29), 54.8 percent from the field (23-of-42), 86.4 percent from the foul line (19-for-22), and pulled down 5.3 rebounds in a 3-0 week.
"I am most proud of the way the group has worked together and different guys that have stepped up through the course of the season," Strahorn said. "This past week Sam played at an really high level and while I know there is more from him to come, he is extremely deserving of this honor."
Jefferson shot 64.3 percent from the field on the way 29 points and 6-of-10 shooting from 3-point range in Saturday's win at then sixth-ranked Hamilton College. He had 19 points, five rebounds, four 3-point shots, and was 5-for-6 from the foul line in the final 2:42 of the game.
Against then 19th-ranked Amherst College, Jefferson had 24 points and was 12-of-14 from the foul line. He had 13 points, was 2-of-3 from long range, and made seven free throws in the second half.
Jefferson started the week with 29 points, 7-of-12 shooting from 3-point range, two blocks, and no turnovers in a tight win over Husson University.
In the latest NESCAC statistics, Jefferson is third in conference scoring (20.3), tied for fourth in overall scoring (18.6), first in the league in made 3-pointers per game (3.5), sixth in 3-point percentage (44.1), and eighth in free throw percentage (80.9).
The Mules (15-5 overall, 3-3 NESCAC) play host to sixth-ranked Williams College at 7 p.m. Friday.