Feb. 6, 2018
For Immediate Release
Contact: Jeff Bernstein
Association continues to honor Div. III standouts
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ST. LOUIS (USBWA)Josh Freund of Roanoke College (Roanoke, Va.) and Kelsey Burton of Lake Forest College (Lake Forest, Ill.) were named the U.S. Basketball Writers Association Division III National Players of the Week for the week ending February 4.

Freund, a 6-6 junior forward from Charlotte, N.C., averaged a double-double of 28 points and 16 rebounds per game last week as Roanoke (14-7, 7-5) won both of its Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) matchups. On Wednesday, against then-No. 19 (D3hoops.com) Emory & Henry, Freund scored 25 points (8-of-16 FG, 9-of-9 FT) and added 16 rebounds in the Maroons’ 76-68 victory. Roanoke trailed by eight at the break, but Freund fueled the comeback with 16 points and 10 rebounds in the second half. In Saturday’s 85-76 victory over Shenandoah, he totaled 31 points (11-of-16 FG, 9-of-11 FT) and 16 rebounds while also contributing three assists and two steals. For the week, Freund shot 59.4 percent (19-of-32) from the field and 90 percent (18-of-20) from the line. For his efforts, Freund was also named the ODAC Player of the Week.

Burton, a 5-6 freshman guard from Fishers, Ind., recorded two double-doubles as Lake Forest (10-11, 8-6) won both of its Midwest Conference contests last week. In the Foresters’ 66-43 win over Beloit on Tuesday, Burton totaled 25 points (10-of-15 FG, 4-of-5 FT, 1-of-2 3FG), 11 rebounds, four assists, and two steals. Then, in a 66-45 victory over Ripon on Saturday, Burton tallied 19 points (5-of-8 FG, 7-of-8 FT, 2-of-3 3FG) while adding 11 rebounds, two assists and two steals. For the week, she averaged 22 points, 11 rebounds, three assists, and two steals. Burton shot 65.2 percent (15-of-23) from the field, 84.6 percent (11-of-13) from the foul line and 60 percent (3-of-5) from three-point range. For her efforts, Burton was also named the MVC Player of the Week.

Each Tuesday, the USBWA is selecting men's and women's Division III National Players of the Week. This is the fourth season that the USBWA will recognize national players of the week from Division III.

The U.S. Basketball Writers Association was formed in 1956 at the urging of then-NCAA Executive Director Walter Byers. With some 900 members worldwide, it is one of the most influential organizations in college basketball. It has selected an All-America team since the 1956-57 season. For more information on the USBWA and its award programs, contact executive director Joe Mitch at 314-795-6821.

2017-18 USBWA Division III National Players of the Week
Week ending Nov. 19: Keith Brown, Endicott College and Kelly Williams, Randolph-Macon College
Week ending Nov. 26: Brayden Olson, Benedictine and Dani Reinwald, Medaille
Week ending Dec. 3: Hamed Shamseldin, The College at Brockport and Bryce Frank, Austin College
Week ending Dec. 10: Justin Webster, Adrian College and Georgia Bourikas, Suffolk University
Week ending Dec. 17: Lavrone Green, New Jersey City and Kendrea Williams, FDU-Florham
Week ending Dec. 31: Marcus Dempsey, Muskingum University and Kelly Williams, Randolph-Macon College
Week ending Jan. 7: Sam Light, Lebanon Valley College and Alecia Rohrer, Messiah College
Week ending Jan. 14: Ryan Bruns, Ohio Northern University and Casey Poe, Whitman College
Week ending Jan. 21: Jake Ross, Springfield College and Mikayla Hodge, Lyndon State College
Week ending Jan. 28: Marcus Dempsey, Muskingum College and Andrea Iavarone, St. Joseph's College-Long Island
Week ending Feb. 4: Josh Freund, Roanoke College and Kelsey Burton, Lake Forest College
Week ending Feb. 11: Myles Copeland, Trine University and Kelly Williams, Randolph-Macon College
Week ending Feb. 18: Mike Rapoza, Anna Maria College and Madison Temple, Thomas More College
Week ending Feb. 25: Caleb Johnson, Berry College and Kelly Williams, Randolph-Macon College