Westwood, MA --- Senior Jake Wisniewski (West Brookfield, MA) has been named as the NEWMAC Men's Basketball Defensive Athlete of the Week. It is the second weekly defensive award season for the forward, who also drew praise back in early December.
Wisniewski, the reigning NEWMAC Defensive Player of the Year, was a key cog in a WPI defensive effort that limited opponents to 60 points per game during a 2-0 week for the Engineers. Wisniewski and the rest of the Crimson and Gray limited Babson, the NEWMAC's top scoring offense to 30 points under its season average in a 75-56 road victory over the 19th-ranked Beavers on Wednesday night.
The senior forward notched a double-double in the victory with a career-high 16 rebounds, including 10 off the defensive glass. On the week, Wisniewski averaged 14.5 points and 10.5 rebounds while leading a defensive effort that held opponents to 38.8% shooting overall from floor and just 12.5% (4-for-32) on 3-pointers.
Coast Guard's Packy Witkowski (Tampa, FL) was honored as the conference's Offensive Athlete Week.
Tuesday marked a busy day on the awards circuit for WPI men's basketball as Dakota Wheeler (Easthampton, MA) was chosen to the Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Men's Basketball Weekly Honor Roll as selected by @Noontimesports.
WPI also re-entered the D3hoops.com Top 25 on Monday, checking in at No. 21. It was the first time in the over 20-year history of the poll that the Crimson and Gray have been ranked 21st and the Engineers have now been ranked in every spot of the Top 25 except No. 1. WPI hosts No. 15 Springfield on Wednesday at 5:30pm in Harrington Auditorium.