News release: March 1, 1997

Well-Rounded but Sharp Shooting
Dan Rough Makes All-League Hoop Team

WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- Dan Rough, a Whitman College guard who recently set a new NAIA Div. II record for most consecutive free throws, has earned second-team all- conference honors in the Northwest Conference of Independent Colleges (NCIC).

Rough, a 6-foot-1 junior, averaged 17.7 points per game to lead Whitman in scoring for the second consecutive year. He also averaged four rebounds and four assists this season.

"Dan significantly elevated his game this season, especially in the non-scoring areas," Whitman coach Skip Molitor said. "He had a very good year defensively, he rebounded well and his assist-to-turnover ratio was one of the best in the league. What we saw this year was Dan Rough, one of the premier scorers in the league, develop into an extremely well-rounded player."

Rough was one of three players who topped the NCIC this season in total 3-point baskets with 73. A year ago, Rough canned 90 3-pointers to set a Whitman single-season record and lead the conference. Two seasons ago, as a freshman, he made 50.8 percent (68 of 134) of his 3-point attempts to lead the nation (NAIA Div. II) in long-range accuracy.

Rough's record free throw streak began on Dec. 15, 1995, and eventually reached 60 in a row before he finally missed in a game on Jan. 31, 1997. His new record was noted in the Feb. 24 issue of Sports Illustrated magazine and the USA Today newspaper, and it was the subject of a column by Seattle Times sports reporter Steve Kelley.

In his first three seasons at Whitman, Rough has made 124 of 136 free throw attempts, or 91.2 percent. He has been slightly more deadly in NCIC games, making 77 of 83 free throws, or 92.8 percent.

Rough, who moved into a starting role midway through his freshman season at Whitman, earned honorable mention all-conference recognition during his sophomore season. He has scored a total of 1,187 points in his three-year college career.

Rough, a mathematics major at Whitman, is a 1994 graduate of Port Townsend (Wash.) High School.


Skip Molitor, Whitman Men's Basketball, (509) 527-4970
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