The 5 best scorers, boarders and stat sheet fillers in DII men’s basketball
The Division II basketball regular season and conference tournament is complete. That means the final stats are tallied.
Before we head into the tournament, let's take a look at the final stat leaders from the 2017-2018 season.
Guard: Ethan Ridgeway, Kutztown
It was a battle to the very finish, but Ridgeway was able to edge out Merrimack’s Juvaris Hayes for the DII assist lead. The senior guard dished out 8.2 assists per game and had a season to remember. He set Kutztown’s single-game assist record (16), single-season record (260) and career assist mark (687). Ridgeway was also good on his own as a scorer, setting a career-high with 17.4 points per game.
Guard: Tommy Bolte, Concord
Bolte pretty much led DII in scoring from start to finish. It was a surprising season for the junior, after averaging just 10.8 points per game last year. He came out of the gates hot, dropping 40 and 43 in the first two games of the year, and ended the season scoring a career-high 51 points in the first round of the Mountain East Conference tournament. He finished the season with 31.8 points per game, breaking the 40-point mark six times on the season.
Forward: Kendarius Ash, Lane
Ash has been one of DII’s premier big men for two seasons running. The 6-7 junior finished second in the division last year with 12.4 rebounds per game, and claimed the rebound lead this year, pulling down an improved 13.1 per game. Ash ended the year double-doubling in 12 of his last 13 games. He ripped down more than 20 rebounds twice this season and eclipsed 15 seven other times.
Forward: Kyle Monroe, Michigan Tech
Monroe broke out last season, averaging 20. 1 points per game in an All-Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference campaign. He bettered those numbers this year, leading all DII forwards in scoring with 27.7 per game. The GLIAC’s leading scorer was efficient from everywhere on the floor, hitting 51.4 percent from 2 and 47.5 percent from 3.
Center: Malik Toppin, Salem (WV)
Toppin was a dominant force in the paint all season. The 6-9 junior led all centers in both scoring (19.8 per game) and field goal percentage (68.5 percent). Toppin also finished near the top in rebounding (10.3 per game) and was not an easy target to score on, swatting away 2.2 per game. There was little Toppin couldn’t do in a successful 2017-18 campaign.
Other stat final leaders:
- Blocked shots per game: Spencer Casson, Seton Hill (3.78)
- Steals per game: Juvaris Hayes, Merrimack (3.83)
- Assist-turnover ratio: Brad Miller, Christian Brothers (4.50)
- Field-goal percentage: Brady Skeens, Washburn
- 3-point field goals per game: Trevon Shaw, Lincoln Memorial (4.10)
- 3-point percentage: Anthony Lee, Kutztown (51.6)
- Free-throw percentage: Harrison Cleary, Minnesota-Crookston (96)
- Double doubles: Haywood Highsmith, Wheeling Jesuit (28)
- Triple doubles: Chandler Vaudrin, Walsh (4)