Dec. 10, 2019
For Immediate Release
Contact: Jeff Bernstein
Association continues to honor Div. III standouts
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INDIANAPOLIS (USBWA)Jared Wagner of York College (York, Pa.) and Amina Wiley of Mitchell College (New London, Conn.) were named the U.S. Basketball Writers Association Division III National Players of the Week for the week ending December 8.

Wagner, a 6-1 senior guard from York, Pa., produced outstanding all-around numbers in leading the Spartans (7-2) to a pair of victories last week. In an 87-84 win at Scranton on Wednesday, Wagner played all 40 minutes and scored 22 points, grabbed nine rebounds, tied a career-high with 12 assists, and added three steals. Then, in an 84-71 home victory over Delaware Valley on Saturday, he totaled 20 points, seven rebounds, eight assists, two steals, and a block. For the week, Wagner averaged 21 points, eight rebounds, 10 assists, 2.5 steals, and 0.5 blocks per game. Overall, he shot 57.1 percent (12-of-21) from the floor, 68.2 percent (15-of-22) from the foul line and 50 percent (3-of-6) from three-point range. For his efforts, Wagner was also named the Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) Player of the Week.

Wiley, a 6-0 sophomore forward from New Rochelle, N.Y., posted a pair of monster games on the road as the Mariners (4-3) swept their two opponents. She hit the game-winning layup with one second left in Mitchell’s 77-75 win vs. Lasell on Thursday, finishing with a career-high 30 points, collecting 17 rebounds, and adding an assist and steal. Then, in a 56-44 victory over Anna Maria on Saturday, Wiley played all 40 minutes and grabbed an NCAA-high (all divisions) and school-record 32 rebounds while adding 20 points and a steal. For the week, she averaged 25 points, 24.5 rebounds, one steal, and 0.5 assists while shooting 55 percent (22-of-40) from the field and 50 percent (6-of-12) from the charity stripe. Wiley currently ranks fourth in NCAA Division III with 16 rebounds per game and six double-doubles. For her efforts, Wiley was also named the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) 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 sixth 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 Malcolm Moran at 814-574-1485.

2019-20 USBWA Division III National Players of the Week
• Week ending Nov. 10: Nate Schimonitz, Nebraska Wesleyan University and Tessa Zamolyi, Misericordia University
• Week ending Nov. 17: Jake Ross, Springfield College and Leah Porath, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh
• Week ending Nov. 24: Matthew Mancuso, University of Scranton and Katelyn Pickunka, Smith College
• Week ending Dec. 1: Hunter Martineau, Hilbert College and Sydney Kopp, DePauw University
• Week ending Dec. 8: Jared Wagner, York College and Amina Wiley, Mitchell College
• Week ending Dec. 15: Eric Demers, Gordon College and Alexis Jones, Augustana College
• Week ending Jan. 5: Tyler Frederick, La Roche University and Katie Garrish, Southern Virginia University
• Week ending Jan. 12: Chris LaBelle, Centenary University and Olivia Nagy, John Carroll University
• Week ending Jan. 19: Sam Jefferson, Colby College and Dejah Terrell, Albright College
• Week ending Jan. 26: Nate West, LeTourneau University and Taite Anderson, Bethel University
• Week ending Feb. 2: Brian Cameron, Wesley College and Abbey Lawrence, Case Western Reserve University
• Week ending Feb. 9: Jake Ross, Springfield College and Katie McShea, Marymount University
• Week ending Feb. 16: Isaiah Brown, SUNY Potsdam and Yuleska Ramirez-Tejeda, Emmanuel College
• Week ending Feb. 23: Nate West, LeTourneau University and Shyla Osmond, Albertus Magnus College
• Week ending March 1: Gabriel Leifer, Yeshiva University and Kelly Williams, Randolph-Macon College