News release date: Feb. 20, 2002

Versatile Fuller Earns Spot on All-NWC Second Team

WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- Ben Fuller, one of the most versatile and talented basketball players in the Northwest Conference, has capped his senior season at Whitman College by earning a spot on the All-NWC Second Team.

Fuller, a 6-foot-3 guard, averaged 15.8 points, 5.8 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.8 steals in 24 games.

Fuller saved his best for Whitman's 16 conference games, averaging 17.6 points, 6.2 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.94 steals. Matched head to head aginst NWC opponents, he was the fourth-leading scorer in the conference, No. 3 in steals, No. 10 in rebounding and No. 13 in assists.

Fuller punctuated his senior season by posting dominating numbers on more than one weekend occasion. In January, he combined 42 points, 20 rebounds, eight steals and seven assists in back-to-back games at Willamette and Lewis & Clark, the top two teams in the conference. Later in the season, when the same two schools visited Whitman, Fuller accounted for 31 points, 18 rebounds, eight assists and four steals.

Fuller ended his season by dropping 38 points, 10 rebounds, six assists and five steals on Pacific and George Fox.

After two years at Centralia (Wash.) Community College, Fuller transferred Whitman as a junior, averaging 12.6 points, 4.8 rebounds, 3.45 assists and 2.2 steals that season.

In 44 games and two seasons as a Missionary, Fuller amassed 630 points, 234 rebounds, 127 assists and 87 steals.

"Ben had an outstanding two years at Whitman," coach Skip Molitor said. "Certainly one of the most athletics players to ever to play at Whitman, Ben became a crowd favorite with his versatility, be it stealing and finishing with a dunk at the other end of the floor, or in collecting so many double-doubles with his overall scoring and rebounding. He also became a coach's favorite for his ability to hit key shots and make plays at crunch time."

Fuller, a graduate of Centralia (Wash.) High School, is the son of William and Carol Fuller of Centralia. He and wife Angie, married for the past two years, are expecting their first child this spring. Fuller was recently accepted into a post-graduate Computer Engineering program at Washington University in St. Louis, Mo.

"It's been a very eventful year for Ben and Angie," Molitor said. "We're going to miss them both."


Dave Holden, Whitman Sports Information, (509) 527-5902