Wednesday, March 23, 2005

STOVELL NAMED TO D3HOOPS.COM ALL-REGION TEAM

STERLING, Va. -- D3hoops.com has announced the fourth annual D3hoops.com All-Region team for Division III men's basketball. Tufts University senior tri-captain Reggie Stovell (Washington, DC/Hotchkiss) has been selected to the All-Northeast Third team.

Stovell was the leader of a turn-around season for the Jumbo men's basketball team, which finished 16-10 after winning just eight games in 2003-04. He emerged as a New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Player of the Year candidate, averaging 18.2 points and a league-leading 10.2 rebounds per game. His scoring average was third in NESCAC.

After an injury set him back for most of his junior season, Stovell rededicated himself for his senior season. He was a leader both on and off the floor as head coach Bob Sheldon's Jumbos established themselves as one of the conference's top teams in 2004-05. They finished second in NESCAC during the regular-season with a 7-2 record and advanced to play in the conference tournament semi-finals.

Stovell scored in double figures in all but one of Tufts' 26 games this season. Twice he poured in a career-high 29, including in a 95-78 victory at Williams that was the team's first against the Ephs since 1995. He also hit the winning basketball with three seconds remaining in overtime at Wesleyan for an important NESCAC victory. Stovell scored 21 points and pulled down 20 rebounds when the Jumbos secured at least second place in the league with a 93-81 victory over #22 Trinity College. Ten times he scored 20 points or more. Four times he secured at least 15 rebounds.

NESCAC's coaches named Stovell to the all-conference first team. He was also a three-time conference Player of the Week. A 6'5", 220-pound power forward, he is looking for opportunities to play overseas after he graduates from Tufts in May. Stovell is an English major with a grade point average over 3.0. He scored the 1,000th point of his career this season and is 15th on the career scoring list with 1,090 points in 94 career games.

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