Saturday, Feb. 24, 2007

Whitman's Born, Faidley Named to NWC Men's Basketeball Team

WALLA WALLA, Wash. Kyle Born and Chris Faidley, the leading scorers on the Whitman College men's basketball team this past season, have been named to the All-Northwest Conference Team.

Born, a 6-foot-6 senior forward, is one of six players voted to the All-NWC First Team. Faidley, a 6-foot-2 shooting guard, received Honorable Mention recognition in voting by conference coaches.

Born, who led the conference in scoring (19.5 ppg), rebounding (11.3 rpg) and double-doubles (13), received two votes for Player of the Year and finished second in total votes. Bryan Williams, a 6-foot-1 senior point guard for NWC co-champion Whitworth College, earned Player of the Year honors after getting votes from six coaches. Williams led the conference in both assists, averaging 7.4 per game, and three-point shooting percentage, making 37 of 80 attempts (46.3 percent). He averaged 11.1 points per game.

Faidley averaged 16.9 points this season, which ranked him third in the NWC in scoring. He led the conference in total three-point baskets with 91, a new single-season record at Whitman. Faidley shot 40.8 percent from three-point range.

Faidley, a graduate of King's High School in Seattle, Wash., was named NWC Player of the Week in mid-February after making 16 of 25 three-point shots in two road games. He scored a career-high 30 points, connecting on nine of 12 shots from long range, in sparking Whitman to a 106-99 victory that knocked Puget Sound out of first-place and ended its 33-game home winning streak.

Born, a graduate of Stanwood (Wash.) High School, enjoyed one of the finest seasons in the recent history of the conference. He was twice named NWC Player of the Week, and he erupted for 53 points and 16 rebounds in a December game at the University of Redlands. That tied the NWC single-game scoring record, which future NBA Hall of Famer Elgin Baylor set in 1955 while playing at the College of Idaho (now Albertson).

Born's string of double-doubles also included a 27-point, 23-rebound effort against Pacific Lutheran, and a 26-point, 15-rebound performance against Willamette. He shot 58.4 percent from the floor for the season, the fourth-best mark in the NWC. Aaron Hazel, one of Born's senior teammates, led the NWC in shooting at 65.7 percent.

Despite playing limited minutes as a freshman and battling a series of nagging injuries over the past three years, Born finished his college career with 985 points and 621 rebounds. He shot over 60 percent from the floor as a collegian and racked up 25 double-doubles over the past three seasons.

Born was voted to the All-NWC Second Team as a junior and received Honorable Mention recognition as a sophomore. Earlier this month, he was named to the Academic All-District First Team and is under consideration for Academic All-America honors. An English major, he was chosen for the Academic All-District Second Team as a junior.

For the entire All-NWC Men's Basketball Team, please click here.


Dave Holden, Whitman Sports Information,
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