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Friday, April 11, 2008

WEITZEN TO PLAY IN NEBCA SENIOR ALL-STAR GAME AT BABSON ON SUNDAY

MEDFORD -- Senior Jake Weitzen (New York, NY/Bronx HS of Science) of the Tufts University men's basketball team will cap his collegiate career on Sunday (Apr. 13) when the New England Basketball Coaches Association (NEBCA) will hold its annual Division III Senior All-Star Game at Babson College, with all proceeds benefiting the Coaches vs. Cancer campaign.

The teams will play at Staake Gymnasium on the campus of Babson College this Sunday, April 13th at 3:00pm. In addition to the all-star game, there will be a raffle with top prizes including Boston Celtics playoff tickets and Red Sox tickets. Admission to the game is free. The rosters were selected by committees made up of area college coaches and are being released by Babson coach Stephen Brennan, the NEBCA President.

Weitzen was one of the most versatile offensive players during Coach Bob Sheldon's era at Tufts. In his four-year career, he played in all 105 Tufts games and scored 1,440 points to rank seventh all-time. It's the most points in a career for a Tufts player since Chad Onofrio graduated with 1,611 points in 1996. Weitzen topped the 1,000 career points mark during his junior season and averaged 13.7 points per game for his career.

His shooting accuracy was some of the best seen at Tufts. He made 524 of 1,032 field goal attempts, finishing his career with an overall shooting mark over 50 percent (.508). His 138 career three-pointers are also seventh all-time at Tufts, and he hit them at a .407 success rate (138/339) that is sixth-best in Tufts history. From the free throw line he hit 254 of 316 attempts for a stellar .803 percentage that ranks fifth all-time.

Weitzen also battled for boards and distributed the ball for the Jumbos. His 613 career rebounds averages out to 5.8 per game, and he averaged 2.4 assists in his career with 255 total.

Weitzen will play on a team combining players from the NESCAC, Commonwealth Coast Conference, North Atlantic Conference and Independents. They will face a squad of players from the Little East, United Athletic Association, NEWMAC and MASCAC.

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