Five Named to D3hoops.com Men's Basketball All-West Region Team

Five Named to D3hoops.com Men's Basketball All-West Region Team

D3hoops.com release

HILLSBORO, Ore. – Five Northwest Conference men's basketball student-athletes have been named to the D3hoops.com All-West Region team, the organization announced on Monday.

Whitman forward Austin Butler (Los Angeles, Calif.) was named to the All-West Region first team. Butler was also named the NWC Player of the Year and earned first team recognition, leading the Blues to an undefeated 16-0 conference record and NWC regular season and Championship titles. The senior ranked first in the conference in assists (132) and steals (64), helping lead the team to an NCAA Sweet 16 appearance.  

Blues teammate Joey Hewitt (Lafayette, Calif.) was named a second team recipient. Hewitt led the Blues with 16.3 points per game and averaging 29.1 points per 40 minutes to rank third. The senior earned All-NWC first team honors for the second consecutive season.

Whitworth's Kyle Roach (Marinwood, Wash.) and Ben College (Portland, Ore.) were also named to the second team. Both Pirates earned All-NWC first team honors after leading the team to a second-place NWC regular season finish with a 12-4 conference record, and an NWC Championship runner-up finish. Roach ranked first in the conference in minutes played (905) and fourth in total points (511). College led the Pirates offense with 19.7 points per game in addition to leading the NWC in free throw percentage (92.2) and total points (532).

Willamette's Jordan Jenkins (Placentia, Calif.) earns third team recognition. Jenkins was named to the All-NWC first team after leading the Bearcats in points per game (20.0) and minutes per game (30.9). The Junior proved to be both an offensive and defensive standout, leading the NWC in several statistical categories, including free throws (127-168), total rebounds (257), rebounds per game (10.3), and turnovers (90).

Players were nominated for these awards by the Sports Information Directors at the various schools.