Jan. 12, 2021
For Immediate Release
Contact: Joe Reinsch
Association continues to honor Div. II standouts
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INDIANAPOLIS (USBWA)Chandler Jacobs of Dallas Baptist University (Dallas, Texas) and Sydney Kin of the University of Findlay (Findlay, Ohio) were named the U.S. Basketball Writers Association Division II National Players of the Week for the week ending Jan. 10.

Jacobs, a 6-3 senior guard from Missouri City, Texas, averaged a double-double last week to lead DBU to a two-game series split on the road at No. 3-ranked West Texas A&M, averaging 23.0 points and 10.0 rebounds while shooting 62 percent (18-for-29) from the field for the No. 21-ranked Patriots. He scored 22 points with 9 rebounds in the opening game of the series, an 84-71 defeat, but he led DBU to a come-from-behind 87-78 win the next day with a 24-point, 11-rebound double-double. With the win, DBU snapped West Texas A&M’s nation-leading 45-game home win streak.

Jacobs made 10-of-15 from the field and 3-of-6 from three-point range in the Patriots’ Jan. 9 win over West Texas A&M. For the week, he shot 45 percent (5-for-11) from three-point range and 71 percent (5-for-7) from the free throw line. His 24-point, 11-rebound performance was his second double-double of the year.

Kin, a 6-3 junior forward from Carey, Ohio, was named the Great Midwest Athletic Conference (G-MAC) Athlete of the Week after a trio of outstanding performances.

For the week, Kin averaged 28.7 points per game and 13.7 rebounds per game while shooting 69.2 percent from the floor (36-of-52) and 82 percent (14-of-17) at the free-throw line. Of the 41 rebounds Kin grabbed, 20 of them came on the offensive glass, which helped lead Findlay to a 2-1 record including an overtime road win over the defending G-MAC Champion Walsh Cavaliers.

Kin began the week with 30 points and 19 rebounds despite a 94-77 road loss at Ohio Dominican. Kin followed that performance up with 25 points and eight rebounds in an 80-72 win against Malone and finished the week with 31 points and 14 rebounds in the overtime win at Walsh.

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

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.

2020-21 USBWA Division II National Players of the Week
• Week ending Jan. 10: Chandler Jacobs, Dallas Baptist University and Sydney Kin, University of Findlay
• Week ending Jan. 17: Chandler Jacobs, Dallas Baptist University and Breanna Diestelkamp, University of Missouri-St. Louis
• Week ending Jan. 24: Parker Fox, Northern State University and Mayci Sales, Walsh University
• Week ending Jan. 31: Cam Martin, Missouri Southern State University and Lilly Ritz, Wheeling University
• Week ending Feb. 7: Patrick Cartier, Hillsdale College and Zyaire Ewing, Delta State University
• Week ending Feb. 14: Isaiah Reddish, Barton College and Brooklyn Pannell, University of Charleston
• Week ending Feb. 21: TJ Crockett, Lindenwood University and Breanna Locke, Emmanuel College (Ga.)
• Week ending Feb. 28: Joel Murray, West Texas A&M University and Rachel Berry, Fresno Pacific University