Westwood, MA --- WPI junior Jake Wisniewski (West Brookfield, MA) was selected as the NEWMAC Men's Basketball Defensive Player of the Year and sophomore Reid Walker (Lithia, FL) was named to the NEWMAC All-Conference second team, as voted upon by the league's head coaches following the regular season. Wisniewski was also tabbed as the team's NEWMAC All-Sportsmanship honoree.
As the only upperclassman the youngest team in the conference, Wisniewski was the catalyst for the team which held opponents to NEWMAC-bests of 42.4 percent shooting from the field, including 31.2 percent from beyond the arc, and 65.6 points per game en route to finishing in a tie for third place in the standings.
Personally, Wisniewski was tasked with guarding the top players in the conference which includes multiple All-American and All-New England candidates. The local product is also second to date in offensive rebounds and was lights out from the charity stripe making 96 percent of his attempts on the season and 91.6 in NEWMAC contests.
Walker was third overall (45) and fifth (24) in conference games in steals, and seventh in blocks (17) over the span of 25 games. He was also in the top 10 in rebounds (151), defensive rebounds (111) and assists (69). He scored double digits in 11 conference games and 21 of 28 on the year, including a career-best 25 in the season opener versus Albertus Magnus. The two-time NEWMAC Defensive Athlete of the Week hauled in a career-high 12 rebounds at Fitchburg State, logged five steals at Framingham State, and three blocks at Clark.
MIT's Bradley Jomard (Paris, France) was selected as the NEWMAC Athlete of the Year while Emerson's Zach Waterhouse (Hampton, NH) was tabbed as the NEWMAC Rookie of the Year and Emerson's Bill Curley was named as the NEWMAC Coach of the Year.