Husson's Anderson Named to NABC First Team & D3hoops.com Second Team
The National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) announced the 2017 NABC Coaches' Division III All-District teams, while D3hoops.com has released its 16th annual D3hoops.com Men's All-Region Teams. The North Atlantic Conference (NAC) saw one student-athlete honored by both organizations, as Husson senior guard Raheem Anderson (Miramar, Fla.) was selected to the Northeast NABC first team and D3hoops.com second team.
Anderson is the third Eagle player in program history to be selected to the NABC team and the second to be selected to the first team, while this marks the first time in program history that Husson as had back-to-back players earn All-Northeast District honors as well to be selected to the first team. He is also the third Eagle player in program history to be selected to the D3hoops.com team and the second to be selected to the second team, while this marks the first time in program history that Husson as had back-to-back players earn All-Northeast Region honors.
This season, he took home first team All-NAC honors for the second time in his career and was tabbed the NAC Player of Year and Tournament MVP, as well as the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Player of the Year for the first time, in addition to being selected to ECAC All-New England First Team, while helping the Eagles to a 21-7 record for the program's 33rd-consecutive winning season, their fifth-straight 20-win season and their sixth NAC Championship in the last nine years, earning Husson's 19th national tournament appearance in program history.
Anderson is the sixth player under head coach Warren Caruso to be named Conference Player of the Year, the first to earn the ECAC New England Player of the Year and the seventh Eagle to earn All-Conference honors three times in program history.
This season, he led the team in Points (737), scoring average (26.3), field goal made (242) and attempts (558),3-point field goals made (76) and attempts (202), free throw made (177) and attempts (199), free throw percent (.889), assists (128), assists per game (4.6), steals (38), steals per game (1.4), minutes (894) and minutes per game (31.4).
A two-time ECAC New England and five-time NAC Player of the Week honoree, Anderson ended the season ranked in the top-four in nine statistical categories among conference peers, including leading in points, points per game, free throws made, free-throw percentage, field goals made, and field goal attempts. The guard was remarkably consistent in his offensive production in 2017, posting 19 or more points in 27 of his 28 games, while netting 25 or more points in 16 of those outings, including a 50-point performance at Thomas (Maine) on February 16, 2017, the program's first 50 point game in 44 years.
Anderson's 2017 season totals rank among the program's individual season leaders in points (3rd), scoring average (6th), field goals made (tied for 9th), field goal attempts (6th), 3-point field goals made (12th), 3-point field goal attempts (8th), free throws made (1st), free throws attempted (6th), and free throw percentage (5th).
He became the programs' all-time NCAA era individual season leader in points, scoring average, field goals made and attempts, free throws made in 2017.
Anderson set the single-season program record for free throws made when he hit number 174 vs. Thomas (Maine) in the 2017 NAC Championship game on February 25, 2017. The previous mark of 173, held by Bob Cimbollek stood for 61 years, making it the oldest single-season individual school record of any sport at Husson.
Anderson is the first player to score 700 points in a single-season in 29 years, average 26.3 points per game or higher in 43 years, and to make 240 or more field goals in 16 years and attempt 550 or more field goals in 29 years.
The guard is the seventh player in program history to score 500 or more points in a single-season in back-to-back years.
Anderson's overall season statistics ranks him in the top-10 among all NCAA Division III men's basketball players in five different categories. His 737 total points, currently rank him 2nd, while his 26.3 points per game puts him 5th, 242 total field goals made rank him 2nd, 558 total field goal attempts rank him 1st and 177 free throws made rank him 5th in the country.
In 91 career games played, Anderson has tallied 1,881 points, 270 assists, 364 rebounds, 123 steals, and 14 blocks, while shooting 45.6 percent (639-1402) from the floor, 38.7 percent (230-595) from behind the arc and 88.2 percent (373-423) from the charity line. Anderson has averaged 20.7 points, 4.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.4 steals, and 0.2 blocks per game in his career.
He is ranked among the program's career leaders in points (3rd), scoring average (6th), field goals made (8th) and attempts (5th), 3-point field goals made (4th) and attempted (4th),3-point percentage (tied for 19th), free throws made (5th) and attempted (12th), free throw percentage (1st), assists (16th), assists average (tied for 18th), steals (20th), and steals average (tied for 19th).
Anderson is the program's NCAA era all-time career leader in points, scoring average, field goals made and attempted and free throw percentage.
He earned Maine Men's Basketball Coaches and Writers Association (MMBCWA) All-State honors in 2015 and 2016, All-NAC Tournament honors in 2016 and was named to the All-NAC second team in 2015.
He is the 30th team captain in program history to score over 1,000 points and the third player under Coach Caruso to score 1,500 points.
--Courtesy of Husson Sports Information
NABC honorees were selected by member coaches of the NABC in NCAA Division III.
D3hoops.com honorees were nominated by the Sports Information Directors at the various schools. There were 723 men's and women's student-athletes nominated nationwide. The ballot was then made available to SIDs, who voted for a predetermined number of players in their region.