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Kevin Grow tabbed to NABC All-District Team

March 12, 2018 at 10:04 am
Kevin Grow
Kevin Grow

KANSAS CITY – One of the top players in MIAC history, Carleton College forward Kevin Grow (Circle Pines, Minn./Centennial) added another postseason accolade to his athletic résumé as he was voted by member coaches of the National Association of Basketball Coaches’ (NABC All-West District team for the second straight year.

Grow becomes the third Knight to receive multiple NABC All-District Honors, joining Jim Tolf ’85 and Josh Wilhelm ’99. Additionally, Grow is the first Carleton men’s basketball player to earn either All-District or All-Region distinction for three straight seasons.

This the 11th All-District or All-Region award for the Carleton men’s basketball program since the 2008. In addition to recognition from the NABC the last two years, Grow was previously voted to the All-West Region squad for 2015-16 and was named the West Region Rookie-of-the-Year in 2014-15.

Grow was second among MIAC players in scoring at 17.3 points per game and paced the conference in rebounds for the third consecutive year, this time pulling down 11.0 boards per contest. He became the first MIAC player since 2011 to average a double-double. Grow added a conference-best 2.0 blocked shots per game.

in fact, during the 2017-18 regular season, Grow was the only NCAA player—from Division I, II, and III—to average 17.0 points, 11.0 rebounds, 2.0 blocks and shoot better than .300 from three-point range.

It is not as if Grow was padding his stats against sub-par competition as he averaged 15.5 points and 9.9 rebounds in eight games versus squads that qualified for the 2018 NCAA Championships.

One of 10 finalsts for the 2018 Jostens Trophy—awarded to the top D-III men’s basketball player—Grow made MIAC history as the first player from the conference to ever be named to the watch list for the Bevo Francis Award, an honor bestowed on the country’s top small college basketball player (chosen from Division II, Division III, the NAIA, USCAA and NCCAA).

Grow was voted to both the All-MIAC First Team and conference’s five-player All-Defensive team for the third consecutive season. He joined Tanner Schieck ’04 as the only Carleton players to earn the defensive award three times.

Grow reached double-figures in scoring in 23 games this year, including nine games with 20-plus points. He had 17 games with double-digit rebounds and totaled a career-best 16 double-doubles on the year. He led West Region players this season in double-doubles, rebounds, and blocks as he ranked 8th, 13th, and 27th, respectively, among NCAA Division III players this year in those same statistical categories.

With 13 rebounds in his final collegiate game, Grow surpassed 1,000 career rebounds. He became the first MIAC player in 39 years with more than 1,000 career points and 1,000 career rebounds. He is the only one to be in the 1000-1000 club while also totaling at least 200 career blocks.

Grow closed his career with 1,423 career points, 1,007 rebounds, and 209 blocks. The first of those figures ranks seventh in team history, while the others established new program standards. His rebounding total is eighth in MIAC history and the highest total by a conference player in 39 seasons. Grow’s block total is fourth-best in recorded MIAC history.

Grow was one of three MIAC players honored by the NABC this season, joining Augsburg forward Collin Olmscheid and Saint John’s post Tyler Weiss on the 11-player list.