WALLA WALLA, WASH. -- Keith Orchard, who led the men's basketball team in scoring in each of the past three seasons, has been honored with the 1991 Borleske Athletic Trophy, which is presented annually to the most outstanding male student-athlete at Whitman College.
The Borleske trophy, which is decided by a vote of the Whitman coaching staff, recognizes athletic ability, leadership qualities, and contributions to the campus as a whole.
Orchard, a four-year starter on the basketball team, finished his Whitman career with a total of 1,621 points, second on the all-time Missionary career scoring list (Orchard was later bumped into third place by Dan Rough, who scored 1,639 points before graduating in 1998).
Orchard, a 6-foot-3 guard-forward, also amassed 453 rebounds (4.5 rpg) and 297 assists (2.95 apg) in his four seasons at Whitman.
A physics major at Whitman, Orchard averaged 17.8 points per game over his final three seasons, after scoring 286 points as a freshman. He served as a team captain as a junior and senior, and he capped both of the seasons by earning second-team all-conference honors.
"When you lead your team in scoring for three years, what you have to understand is that other teams will do whatever they can to stop you," Whitman coach Jim Mastin said. "You have to get better each year and Keith did that.
Orchard graduated with school record for most 3-point baskets in a career (249, a record later broken by Dan Rough) and highest single-season 3-point percentage (57.5 percent), a mark he established as a freshman when he connected on 42 of 73 3-point shots.
Orchard, a 1987 graduate of Spokane's Ferris High School, enjoyed his best scoring season as a junior, when he averaged 18.7 points.
"Keith is probably as smart a player as we've ever had, and he's one of the hardest working players we've had," Mastin said. "He's the kind of kid you would want your son to be. He's just an outstanding person and an outstanding athlete."