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Kevin Grow receives All-America recognition

March 18, 2018 at 8:54 pm
Kevin Grow
Kevin Grow
Photo: Geoffrey Mo '19

D3hoops.com All-America teams

NORTHFIELD, Minn. – Forward Kevin Grow (Circle Pines, Minn./Centennial) continues to collect honors and awards following his stellar senior season on the hardwood. He most recently received All-America Honorable Mention from D3hoops.com, becoming the sixth member of the Carleton College men’s basketball program to ever receive All-America recognition.

This is the latest in a series of accolades that Grow has accumulated since the curtain closed on the 2017-18 season. He was previously voted:
• All-MIAC First Team (third time in career)
• MIAC All-Defensive Team (third time in career)
• NABC All-West District Team (second time in career)
• D3hoops.com All-West Region Team (second time in career)
• Jostens Trophy finalist

The D3hoops.com All-America list included 25 players, divided into four five-person units: first team, second team, third team, fourth team, and All-America Honorable Mention. Each of the first through fourth teams included three guard and two forwards/posts, while the honorable mention group included a trio of forwards, meaning Grow was one of the top 11 Division III post players in the nation.

Grow averaged 17.3 points per game in 2017-18 and paced the MIAC in rebounds (11.0 per game) for the third consecutive year while also leading the conference in blocked shots (52 total). Of the 25 players to receive some level of All-America recognition from D3hoops.com, Grow is one of only four to average a double-double on the season, and he was the only one to do so and record at least 2.0 blocks per contest.

Grow is the 10th player in recorded team history to average a double-double and the first to do so since Mark Wandmacher totaled 20.3 points and 12.2 rebounds in 1983-84. Grow is the first MIAC player to achieve the feat since 2011.

Grow was also a .391 shooter from beyond the arc this season. That all-around skill set distinguished him from his peers as he was the only NCAA men’s basketball player this season—from Division I, II, and III—to average 17.0 points, 11.0 rebounds, and 2.0 blocks while shooting better than .200 from beyond the three-point line.

Grow ranked 13th in NCAA Division III in rebounding this season and was 27th in blocked shots. He totaled a career-best 16 double-doubles, ranking eighth in D-III during the regular season. Grow’s name could also be found among national leaders in scoring and field-goal percentage (.563).

He became the first player in program annals and the eighth player in recorded MIAC history to total 1,000 career points and 1,000 career rebounds. Grow was the first MIAC player in 39 years to join the 1000-1000 club and is the only one to do so while also notching 200 career blocked shots.

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 ranked third among active D-III players, 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 and placed him third among active Division III men’s players, while sitting fourth among that latter group with 48 career double-doubles.

One of 10 finalists 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 one of seven players from the West Region to receive All-America distinction, the most among the eight NCAA regions.

CARLETON MEN’S BASKETBALL ALL-AMERICA/ALL-AMERICA HONORABLE MENTION

1932-33 -- Dick Arney (Little All-America)
1936-37 -- F.Wayne Sparks (Little All-America)
1938-39 -- Sonny Olson (Converse Rubber All-America)
1992-93 -- Gerrick Monroe (NABC All-America)
2008-09 -- Zach Johnson (D3hoops.com Division III All-America second team)
2017-18 -- Kevin Grow (D3hoops.com Division III All-America Honorable Mention)

CARLETON MEN’S BASKETBALL PLAYERS TO AVERAGE DOUBLE-DOUBLE

Player
Season
Pts
Reb
Jim Motzko (21 games)  1961-62 11.9 12.0
Jim Motzko (21 games)  1962-63 12.3 10.7
Rick Chap (22 games)  1963-64 11.4 10.3
Clark Marshsall (22 games)  1966-67 14.5 12.0
Tom Weaver (21 games)  1968-69 16.8 10.0
Roy Hanson (20 games)  1978-79 22.8 11.4
Jim Tolf (21 games)  1979-80 19.5 10.6
Jim Tolf (18 games)  1980-81 20.9 13.4
Mark Wandmacher (26 games)  1983-84 20.3 10.2
Kevin Grow (26 games) 2017-18 17.3 11.0

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