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Senior guard Adam Harper was named NESCAC Defensive Player of the Year for the second consecutive season on Wednesday.

Harper Named NESCAC Men's Basketball Defensive Player of the Year for Second Straight Season, Schiel Second-Team All-NESCAC

March 2, 2004

AMHERST, MA - Amherst College senior guard Adam Harper (Washington, DC) was named the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Defensive Player of the Year for the second consecutive season and First-Team All-NESCAC on Tuesday, while junior forward Andrew Schiel (Wayne, PA) was voted Second-Team All-NESCAC by the conference’s head coaches.

Amherst’s two all-conference selections tied Williams, Wesleyan and Bates for the most in the NESCAC. Conference champion Williams placed two players on the first team, seniors Ben Coffin and Michael Crotty, while Wesleyan had both a first- and second-team selection, seniors Kanem Johnson and Keala Mills. Bates added a pair of second-team picks, senior Ramon Garcia and junior Brian Gerrity.

Harper, a Second-Team All-NESCAC selection as a junior, has emerged as one of the best defensive players in school and conference history, leading the league in steals for the third straight season with 94, just nine shy of the Amherst single-season record held by Keith Poopor ’96. Harper shattered the Amherst career record for steals earlier this season and now has 310 career thefts. He’s also 12th on Amherst’s all-time scoring list with 1,129 career points (and counting).

Schiel is among the conference leaders in a bevy of statistical categories, including blocks (47), field goal percentage (.486), scoring (13.6 ppg) and rebounding (5.5 rpg). He was named the NESCAC Player of the week on Dec. 9, averaging 19.7 points, 5.3 rebounds, 4.3 blocks and shooting a blistering 9-for-15 from three-point range in a trio of wins over Clark, Western New England and Springfield. He also earned All-Tournament honors as Amherst posted a pair of convincing victories at the Ken Wright ’52 Memorial Invitational. With 865 career points, Schiel is 23rd on Amherst’s all-time scoring list.

After falling at Williams in the NESCAC Tournament championship game, the fourth-ranked Jeffs, now 24-3, secured an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament, where they’ll host a second-round game this Saturday at 7 p.m. against the winner of Thursday’s first-round matchup between Plymouth State and Castleton State.

2003-04 NESCAC Men’s Basketball All-Conference Team

FIRST TEAM
Ben Coffin (Williams)
Mike Crotty (Williams)
Adam Harper (Amherst)
Kanem Johnson (Wesleyan)
Tyler Rhoten (Trinity)

SECOND TEAM
Ramon Garcia (Bates)
Brian Gerrity (Bates)
Keala Mills (Wesleyan)
Kyle Petrie (Bowdoin)
Andrew Schiel (Amherst)

PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Ben Coffin (Williams)

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
Zak Ray (Bates)
Robert Taylor (Trinity)

COACH OF THE YEAR
Dave Paulsen - Williams