HADLEY, MA – Williams College junior James Heskett (Cincinnati, Ohio) has been selected as the NESCAC Men's Basketball Player of the Year by the conference coaches.
Heskett is the fourth Eph to be honored, joining Ben Coffin (2004), Blake Schultz (2010) and Troy Whittington (2011).
Heskett, who was also an All-NESCAC First Team selection, led the NESCAC in scoring, averaging 19.5 points per game, and ranked among the leaders in 3-point shooting, connecting on 43.9 percent of his shots from beyond the arc. He helped Williams win the 2018 NESCAC Championship for the first time since 2010 to earn an automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament.
With his 526 points thus far this season Heskett became the 20th Eph player to cross the 500-point plateau. He has also collected 101 rebounds. He has started all 27 games on the year.
Junior guard Bobby Casey (Scranton, Pa.) earned First Team honors this season. The 2017-18 season marks the first time that both Heskett and Casey have been honored by the NESCAC coaches.
Heskett leads Williams in steals with 24 and Casey is second with 20.
Casey is averaging 15.6 points a game this year and has 57 assists. He has made 46.6% of his field goal attempts (137/294) 42.9% of his threes (62/97). Casey has started 19 of 27 games and leads the Ephs in minutes played with 774 (28.7/game)
"James has been a pleasure to watch perform this season," noted Eph head coach Kevin App. His versatility, size, and unique skill level makes him a dynamic player on both offense and defense. As his confidence and role has increased the last couple of seasons, James played this season with the consistency and assertiveness that make him one of the best players in our region."
"I couldn't me more proud of James' accomplishment," added App. "To be named Player of the Year in the NESCAC is a tremendous honor and one which James has worked incredibly hard for."
"Bobby has had great moments his first two seasons, but this year, he played with the consistency and confidence of an upperclassmen," stated App. "He can obviously shoot the ball at a high level, but his ability and desire to make plays for his teammates as well is what makes him such an offensive threat."