SALEM, VA – Williams College sophomore forward Sean Hoffmann (Spokane, WA) was named the winner of the prestigious Elite 88 Award at the NCAA Division III Men's Basketball Tournament Championship Banquet on March 17th at the Salem Civic Center
Hoffmann's Ephs and the College of Wooster, Middlebury College, and St. Thomas University have gathered in Salem to contest the national semifinals and finals this weekend. Williams will face Wooster at 6:00 p.m. Friday, while Middlebury will battle St. Thomas at 8:00 p.m. The Friday winners will meet Saturday afternoon at 3:30 p.m. to determine the national champion.
Williams won the title in 2003 and is making its 6th appearance at the final Four over the past 15 years.
"Sean was the first commitment of the class of 2013 and his academic performance in high school was off the charts, even for a Williams student," noted Eph head coach Mike Maker. "He is a dedicated student with great core values."
"His continued improvement as a player has put him in position to be a strong contributor within our rotation next season," stated Maker. "Sean is a great representative of Williams College and Williams basketball."
Hoffmann owns the highest cumulative GPA of all the upperclassmen on the four rosters of this weekend's competing teams. A graduate of Lewis and Clark HS, Hoffman is majoring in political science and he sports a cumulative GPA of 3.79.
Hoffmann credits Professor James McAllister for his interest in political science noting that, "Professor McAllister's International Relations course was outstanding and inspiring. Williams is the perfect place to be a serious student and serious athlete and a great place to learn.
Hoffmann is the third Eph in the 2-year history of Elite 88 Award to be honored, joining Nick Pugliese (men's soccer) and Liz Zhu (women's crew).
The Elite 88 Academic Recognition Award Program
The ELITE 88, an award founded by the NCAA, recognizes the true essence of the student-athlete by honoring the individual who has reached the pinnacle of competition at the national championship level in his or her sport, while also achieving the highest academic standard among his or her peers. The Elite 88 is presented to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point average participating at the finals site for each of the NCAA's 88 championships.
Student-athlete is at least a sophomore in academic and athletics standing, and in at least his or her second year of competition (in any sport) at his or her current institution.
Student-athlete is an active member on the roster and a member of the designated squad size for the championship site.