Faidley Nets All-NWC BB Honors
Tuesday, Feb 26, 2008
WALLA WALLA, Wash. – Chris Faidley, a 6-foot-2 junior guard on the Whitman College men's basketball team, has earned all-league honors after leading the Northwest Conference in scoring this past season.
Faidley, who averaged 22.4 points per game, was the leading vote-getter among the six players named by coaches to the All-NWC Second Team. He received one of the nine available votes for Player of the Year honors.
In addition to scoring a league-high 538 points in 24 games, Faidley ranked among the conference leaders in a handful of other statistical categories. He was second in 3-point baskets with 70, sixth in both assists (4.29 apg) and free throw percentage (81.6 percent), eighth in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.10), and ninth in rebounding (6.0 rpg).
Faidley also posted double-doubles in six games, the fourth highest total in the NWC this season. He combined 26 points with 10 rebounds in three different games, notched 28 points and 11 boards in a double-overtime loss to George Fox, and handed out 10 assists to go with 14 points against Whitworth.
Faidley earned NWC Player of the Week honors three times in the first five weeks of the season. He scored a career-high 42 points in an early victory over the University of Great Falls and was averaging 30.5 points after his first five games.
A graduate of King's High School in Seattle, Wash., Faidley became the first Whitman player to hit the 500-point plateau in a single season since Bill Hill tallied 507 points as a senior during the 1991-92 season. In his three seasons, Faidley has amassed 1,209 points, moving into 10th place on Whitman's all-time career scoring list.
A year ago as a sophomore, Faidley earned All-NWC Honorable Mention recognition after averaging 16.9 points per game and leading the conference in 3-point baskets with 91, a new Whitman school record. He was second in the NWC in scoring last season, trailing only senior teammate Kyle Born and his 19.5-points-per-game average.
This season's Voting for NWC Player of the Year honors was split between five players. Ryan Symes, a senior forward at conference champion Whitworth, got four votes to take home the top honor. Colin Willemsen, also a senior forward at Whitworth, received two votes. Getting one vote each were Faidley and two players for second-place Puget Sound, 6-foot-7 junior forward Jason Foster and 6-foot junior guard Antwan Williams.
Joining Symes, Willemsen, Foster and Williams on the first team were Garold Howe, a 6-foot-6 junior forward at Pacific, and Brent Satern, a 5-foot-10 senior guard at George Fox.
Others voted to the second team, along with Faidley, were Willamette's Kyler McClary and Michael Smith, Pacific Lutheran's Scott McDaniels, and Linfield's K.C. Wiser.