Wheaton, Ill. — Wheaton College (Ill.) senior Aston Francis has been selected as the recipient of the prestigious 2019 Bevo Francis Award for his stellar efforts on and off the basketball floor. The Bevo Francis award Bevo Francis Award is presented annually by Small College Basketball to the player who had the finest overall season within small college basketball. Considerations are made for season statistics, individual achievements, awards, personal character and team achievements. All men’s basketball players at the NCAA Division III and Division II, NAIA Division I and Division II, USCAA Division I and Division II, and NCCAA Division I and Division II are eligible for the award.

This marks the fourth season of the Bevo Francis Award and Aston Francis’ selection marks the first time an NCAA Division III player has received the award. The award was previously given to Dominez Burnett of Davenport University (NAIA Division II) in 2016, Justin Pitts of Northwest Missouri State (NCAA Division II) in 2017 and Emanuel Terry of Lincoln Memorial (NCAA Division II) last season.

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The award joins a long list of accolades this season for Aston Francis. Last month he became Wheaton’s first recipient of the Josten’s Trophy. He was a unanimous Division III All-American, earning First Team recognition from D3hoops.com and D3News to go with Second Team accolades from the NABC. A two-time CCIW “Most Outstanding Player” honoree he also received the Central Region Player of the Year award from D3hoops.com for the second-consecutive season.

Francis led NCAA Division III in six significant categories this season: total points (1,096); points per game (34.3 PPG); three-pointers made (173); three-pointers per game (5.41 3PG); field goals made (348) and free throws made (227). In fact, he led all men’s players at four-year colleges this season in total points; points per game, total field goals made; three-pointers made and three-pointers per game. His 34.3 points per game average broke the NCAA Division III record for points in a single season and is the 14th-highest single-season total in NCAA history (all divisions).  His 173 three-pointers this year is the second highest single-season total in NCAA history (all divisions). Francis also led the Thunder with 7.9 rebounds per game and finished second on the team with 3.1 assists per game.