Springfield, Mass. - March 4, 2020 - Jake Ross (Northampton, Mass.) and Heath Post (Cheshire, Conn.) each earned regional honors from D3hoops.com following tremendous careers with the Springfield College men's basketball program.
For the second time in his career, Ross was chosen as the D3hoops.com Northeast Player of the Year, an honor he previously received in 2018. He becomes just the fourth student-athlete since 2006 to to earn multiple D3hoops.com Northeast Player of the Year honors and Ross also picked up the fourth all-region honor of his career as he was tabbed to the D3hoops.com Northeast All-Region First Team for the third time. Post collected all-region honors for the first time in his career as he was selected to the D3hoops.com Northeast Second Team. Springfield College was one of just three programs in the Northeast to have two student-athletes earn all-region honors.
The New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Athlete of the Year, Ross put together his most complete season at Springfield as he became the first Division III men's basketball student-athlete to ever eclipse both 2,500 points and 1,000 rebounds in his career. The Recreation Management major averaged 26.0 points and 9.7 rebounds per game, while also totaling 110 assists, 59 steals, and 36 blocks. In helping Springfield back to the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament, Ross shot 45.7% from the field, connecting on 253-of-554 field goal attempts in 28 games and scored at least 30 points in 13 games this season, eclipsing the 40-point total three times, including a career-high 55 points in early February. From a national perspective, Ross wrapped up his career tied for sixth all-time in Division III history was the Division III active career scoring leader and was fourth in all of college basketball with 2,634 points. He was also third among all college basketball players with 53 career double doubles and collected 1,008 rebounds in his career, the 14th-highest total among all active college basketball players.
A NEWMAC First-Team All-Conference honoree, Post was sensational in his final season at Springfield and averaged a double double with 17.0 points and 10.8 rebounds per game. Post was especially impressive on the defensive end of the ball as he ranked ninth in all of college basketball with 1,009 career rebounds, which is also the most in Springfield College men's basketball history. He finished his career with 33 doubles doubles and is one of only eight active men's basketball student-athletes across the country, regardless of division to amass 1,500 points and 1,000 rebounds in their careers. The Environmental Science major was equally as efficient on the offensive end, shooting 168-351 (48%) and 43-99 (43%) from deep, while going 97-120 (81%) from the foul line. Thanks to his efforts, Springfield captured the NEWMAC regular-season title and advanced to the NCAA Division III Championship Second Round.
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