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BETHANY’S WILCOX NAMED TO D3HOOPS.COM TEAM OF THE WEEK
Dec. 22 - BETHANY, W.Va. – After leading the Bethany College men’s basketball team to two road wins last week to continue the Bison’s undefeated start to the season, junior Nick Wilcox (Venetia, Pa./Peters Township) was named to the D3Hoops.com National Team of the Week.
The 6-3 junior was picked for one of the forward positions on this week’s team after he averaged 19 points, 7.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists in a 2-0 week for BC. He fired in a team-leading 20 points, including the game-winning free throw with three seconds to play in Bethany’s 74-73 victory at Frostburg State. His game-winner from the foul line was one of a career-high 11 he made from the charity stripe in 15 attempts (73 percent) and he also totaled five rebounds and four assists in the victory.
Then in the Green and White’s 68-46 triumph at Olivet, Wilcox recorded his third double-double of the season with 18 points and 10 rebounds, while adding in three steals. He finished the week shooting 55 percent (12-22) from the field and 71 percent from the foul line (12-17).
His efforts also improved the Bison to 10-0 this season and in addition to Wilcox’s award, the Bison are earning attention from D3Hoops.com due to their quick start. With 22 votes, Bethany ranked seventh among Others Receiving Votes in the latest Top 25 poll from the web site.
While Wilcox is one of the team’s top scorers and rebounders, his biggest contribution may come on defense. With 3.6 steals per game, not only does Wilcox lead the PAC, but he is also ranked seventh in all of Division III and the Bison as a team are 18th in the country with 12.2 thefts a contest.
In addition to his defensive ability, Wilcox is ranked in the PAC with 15.3 points per game (fifth), 7.9 rebounds (second) and 3.6 assists (second). He also sits atop the conference in assist/turnover ratio (2.40) and offensive rebounds (4.2) while playing a PAC-high 35.1 minutes per game.
A pre-physical therapy major, Nick is the son of Sharon and David Lacey of Venetia, Pa.