The Division II basketball season is in the books. Ferris State hoisted its first DII championship trophy after a thrilling DII Men’s Elite Eight in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
While the Bulldogs stole the headlines, plenty of individual athletes stood out. These five in particular stuffed the stat sheets.
Guard: Drew Cushingberry, Ferris State
Cushingberry was solid at the point for the national champions all season, but he really delivered in March. The senior was second overall on the team, averaging 13.8 points per game, but averaged 15.5 in the tournament. He was huge in the first two games of the Elite Eight, scoring a game-high 20 points in the opening win against Barry and went off for a double-double in the semifinals against West Texas A&M with 15 points and 10 rebounds while chipping in five assists.
Guard: David Chavlovich, West Texas A&M
Chavlovich scores points. That’s just what he does. The senior guard ends his storied career with 2,490 points, becoming the Lone Star Conference’s all-time leading scorer along the way. He averaged 23.6 points per game in the tournament and gave everything he had in the Buffs’ final game of the season. Trailing to eventual champion Ferris State in the semifinals late in the game, Chavlovich exploded to score 33 points as West Texas A&M fell just short of the comeback.
Guard: Ryan Quaid, West Texas A&M
Quaid saved the best for last in his big 2017-18 campaign. The junior averaged 16.8 points per game in the tournament, 2.5 points higher than his season average. He was an absolute beast, playing his best two games of the year in the quarter and semifinals of the Elite Eight. Quaid posted back-to-back double-doubles, scoring a career-high 25 points to go along with 10 rebounds in a win against Le Moyne and following it up by going for 21 and 10 in the loss to Ferris State. Most impressively, he did it while shooting 66 percent from the field.
Forward: Logan Doyle, Northern State
The two-headed monster of Doyle and center Carter Evans created mismatches in the paint all season long. Evans actually outscored Doyle in the title game, but Doyle’s overall performance and charismatic play gives him the nod.
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Doyle averaged 12.4 points on the season but averaged 15 in the tournament. The 6-8 big man also ripped down seven rebounds in his final four games of the year, all while splitting time pretty evenly with Evans in the post. Doyle made his living at the line in the Elite Eight, going 12-for-17 in the thrilling semifinals’ double overtime win over Queens and 6-for-9 in the championship win.
Center: Zach Hankins, Ferris State
The Bulldogs big man was a menace to opposing offenses all season, earning him the NABC DII national player of the year honors. It should not come as a surprise that one of the biggest stars in DII played some of his best basketball when it mattered most.
Hankins actually saw a run of six-straight double-doubles come to an end in the championship game but had recorded one in every game of the tournament prior to the finale. Hankins went off for 47 points, 27 rebounds and seven blocks in the DII Elite Eight. That was enough for Hankins to add one more piece of hardware to an incredible 2018, picking up Most Outstanding Player honors in Sioux Falls.
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Other noteworthy performances:
Ian Smith, Northern State: The Wolves point guard, who averaged 12.6 points per game on the season, recorded three straight 20-point games in the tournament. He averaged 18.3 points in the Elite Eight to go along with 14 assists.
Tod Withers, Queens (NC): The Royals needed to score 100 points to win their quarterfinals game, and Withers was a big reason behind that. He had one of the more memorable performances of the Elite Eight, scoring 26 on 10-for-16 shooting with seven rebounds and five assists.
Steve Harris, East Stroudsburg: The Warriors time in Sioux Falls was short-lived, but they nearly pulled off an exciting comeback against Northern State in the quarterfinals. That was thanks to Steve Harris’ 28-point, five-rebound performance.