KUTZTOWN, Pa. – Kutztown University men’s basketball senior Ethan Ridgeway is one of just 100 players recently selected to the first 2018 Bevo Francis Award Watch List, an honor presented annually to the player who has had the finest overall season within Small College Basketball.
Ridgeway, voted to the NABC All-Region Second Team and All-PSAC East First Team last season, is KU’s all-time career assist leader with 581 assists, eighth all-time in PSAC history and fourth among NCAA Division II active player. He also owns the program’s single-game assist record (16) and single-season assist record (260).
Ridgeway leads Division II in assists per game (8.3), ranks 12th in the PSAC in scoring (17.9 ppg), ninth in free-throw percentage (85.5) and eighth in minutes per game (34.9).
It is the third season that the award has been given to a player who competes in the affiliations of NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III, NAIA Division I, NAIA Division II, USCAA and NCCAA. The previous winners include Dominez Burnett of Davenport (Mich.) University in 2016 and Justin Pitts of Northwest Missouri State in 2017.
“The Bevo Francis Award has quickly become the most prestigious award for collegiate players at the small college levels, and this Watch List and award has now drawn a great deal of attention,” said Small College Basketball founder John McCarthy.
On February 15, SCB will publish the next Watch List with 50 players. The list will be narrowed down to 25 players in a Watch List published on March 15. The finalists will be announced in a highlight video that will be released on March 31.