The Division II basketball season is in the books. Ferris State hoisted its first DII championship trophy after a thrilling DII Men’s Elite Eight in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
While the Bulldogs stole the headlines, plenty of individual athletes stood out. These five in particular stuffed the stat sheets.
Guard: Drew Cushingberry, Ferris State
Guard: David Chavlovich, West Texas A&M
Guard: Ryan Quaid, West Texas A&M
Forward: Logan Doyle, Northern State
Doyle averaged 12.4 points on the season but averaged 15 in the tournament. The 6-8 big man also ripped down seven rebounds in his final four games of the year, all while splitting time pretty evenly with Evans in the post. Doyle made his living at the line in the Elite Eight, going 12-for-17 in the thrilling semifinals’ double overtime win over Queens and 6-for-9 in the championship win.
Center: Zach Hankins, Ferris State
Hankins actually saw a run of six-straight double-doubles come to an end in the championship game but had recorded one in every game of the tournament prior to the finale. Hankins went off for 47 points, 27 rebounds and seven blocks in the DII Elite Eight. That was enough for Hankins to add one more piece of hardware to an incredible 2018, picking up Most Outstanding Player honors in Sioux Falls.
A room service dime from Drew Cushingberry. pic.twitter.com/FjSIyER8bm— CBS Sports CBB (@CBSSportsCBB) March 24, 2018
Other noteworthy performances:
Ian Smith, Northern State: The Wolves point guard, who averaged 12.6 points per game on the season, recorded three straight 20-point games in the tournament. He averaged 18.3 points in the Elite Eight to go along with 14 assists.
Tod Withers, Queens (NC): The Royals needed to score 100 points to win their quarterfinals game, and Withers was a big reason behind that. He had one of the more memorable performances of the Elite Eight, scoring 26 on 10-for-16 shooting with seven rebounds and five assists.
Steve Harris, East Stroudsburg: The Warriors time in Sioux Falls was short-lived, but they nearly pulled off an exciting comeback against Northern State in the quarterfinals. That was thanks to Steve Harris' 28-point, five-rebound performance.