KANSAS CITY, MO – Williams College junior forward James Heskett (Cincinnati, Ohio) has been named a Second Team All-American by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) in nationwide voting.
Heskett is the first Eph to earn All-America honors since Mike Mayer and Duncan Robinson were honored in 2014 and he is the 22nd Eph to earn NCAA DIII All-American honors. "Being voted All-American is an unbelievable accomplishment," said Eph head coach Kevin App. "James is the type of young man that would take team championships over any individual accolade, but he deserves this."
Heskett, the 2018 NESCAC Player of the Year and a NESCAC First Team honoree, is the lone NESCAC representative on the three teams named by the NABC. Previously Heskett was named to the 2018 NABC Northeast Region First Team.
Every year in every sport one athlete seems to have a breakout season, but the season that Heskett fashioned this winter is among the very best seen at Williams in recent memory. Not only did Heskett lead the 26-3 Eph NESCAC Champions in scoring, he led all of NESCAC averaging 19.3 points a game and tallying 560 points.
"James continues to prove that hard work, dedication, and perseverance pay off," added App. "He started only a couple games at the varsity level in high school, was a reserve his first two years at Williams, and is now an All-American. I'm happy for James, proud of him for representing our program positively, and look forward to helping him continue to grow on and off the court."
His 560 points is the seventh most scored in one season by an Eph men's player and is more than the number of points he had scored in his first two years combined (334).
His 560 points came on connecting on 49.5 of his field goal attempts (185/374), 41.8% of his three point shots (89/213) and making 80.2% of his free throws (101/126).
Heskett started all 29 games on the year, grabbed 106 rebounds, registered 47 assists and recorded 27 steals.
Through his first three years Heskett has played in 86 games, scored 894 points, collected 236 rebounds, registered 87 assists and has notched 44 steals.