Whitman's Michaels Named to D3hoops.com Team of Week; NWC Bestows Third Weekly Award on Senior Forward

News Release Date:
Tuesday, January 31, 2012

WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- David Michaels, a 6-foot-7 senior forward on the Whitman College men's basketball team, has been named to the national Team of the Week as chosen by the D3hoops.com website.

Michaels was one of five NCAA Division III players from around the country honored Monday for performances through games of last Saturday.

Then, on Tuesday, Michaels pocketed his second straight Northwest Conference Student Athlete of the Week award. That also marked the third time this season that he earned the weekly NWC honor for men's basketball.

Whitman's David Michaels

The latest honors for Michaels come in the wake of two eye-popping Northwest Conference games last weekend in western Oregon.

After matching his career high with 31 points Friday night at Lewis & Clark, he erupted for 40 points to carry Whitman past George Fox in what was a Saturday battle for a share of second place in the NWC standings.

With Whitman trailing by a point early in the second half at George Fox, Michaels scored his team's next 22 points over a nine-minute span to spark the Missionaries to a 20-point win. He made all eight of his shots from the floor -- connecting four times from the 3-point arc -- and canned a pair of free throws during his one-man outburst.

For the night, Michaels was 14 of 17 from the floor (four of five from 3-point) and eight of nine from the free throw line. His only misses from the 3-point stripe and free throw line came during the final 90 seconds, when the game's outcome was already decided.

Michaels also picked off a career-high seven steals, handed out two assists and blocked a shot.

Against Lewis & Clark, Michaels hit nine of 13 shots from floor and went 13 of 15 from the free throw line in scoring his 31 points. He also had seven rebounds and two assists, along with one steal and one blocked shot.

The Team of the Week, presented by Scoutware, is D3hoops.com's weekly honor roll, in its 15th season of recognizing the top performance at each of the five positions from the previous week.

Michaels is the first Whitman player to be chosen for weekly award.

Others joining Michaels on this week's honor roll are Ray Askew, a senior forward at Albertus Magnus; Mike Akinrola, a senior center at Rhode Island College; Dylan Richter, a senior guard at Washington University (St. Louis); and Matt Johnson, a senior guard at the University of Chicago.

Drew Raher

After missing two NWC games early this month due to injury, Michaels has averaged 28.2 points and 5.5 rebounds in his last four four games, counting last weekend's two tilts. He shot 75.6 percent from the floor, 66.7 percent from the 3-point line and 86 percent from the free throw line in those four games.

In conference games only this winter, Michaels is averaging an NWC-best 22.2 points per game (18.9 ppg for the season as a whole).

In his eight NWC games, Michaels is shooting 59.6 from the floor and 58.8 percent (10-17) from the 3-point stripe. Only teammate Drew Raher, a junior forward, is shooting a higher percentage (13-22, 59.1 percent) from long distance in conference games.

Michaels also ranks second in NWC games in free throw shooting, having made 56 of 68 attempts (82.4 percent).

For the entire season, Michaels is shooting 56 percent from the floor, 44.2 percent from 3-point, and 80.6 percent from the free throw line.

Whitman takes records of 7-3 in the NWC and 14-5 overall into a pair of critical NWC home games on Friday and Saturday.

Whitman is tied for second place in the NWC standings with the two teams that come to Walla Walla this weekend. Pacific Lutheran comes to Sherwood Center on Friday with Puget Sound to follow on Saturday.

Both games start at 8 p.m. and are part of NWC doubleheaders. Women's teams for the same schools play at 6 p.m. Friday and 5 p.m. on Saturday.

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CONTACT: Dave Holden
Sports Information Director
Whitman College, Walla Walla, Wash.
509 527-5902; holden@whitman.edu