With basketball approaching playoffs, the team continues to shine, winning the past three games and keeping their record at 11-4. The team also continues to achieve even more, as junior and guard Ty Nichols was named to D3Hoops.com Team of the Week. Nichols was presented this by Scoutware, Inc. for his performance in a 2-0 week for the KSC Owls. The Team of the Week serves as a weekly honor roll for basketball players, recognizing the top five weekly performances at each position.

Emily Perry / Equinox Staff

Emily Perry / Equinox Staff

As a junior, Nichols has already achieved great things. Stacking up 1000 points earlier in the season, being the teams leading scorer/leader, and now being recognized as one of the best in D3 collegiate basketball.

When asked about his feelings towards being named to Team of the Week, Nichols said that it was nice to be recognized for all the hard work and that it only reflects on how hard the KSC basketball team works. With one more year left for the outstanding guard, Nichols said that it is a step in the right direction, but that his true goal is to reach the 2000 point mark. “This is just another achievement that leads to bigger and better things,”  Nichols said.

His fellow teammates also recognize the incredible work, effort and dedication that Nichols puts into every single practice and game. Forward and junior Charles McClain said, “Ty shows greatness on the court with his tenacity and his ability to play the game that he loves. He is truly a talented player, and I am grateful for the opportunity to play with him at the college level.” McClain went on to say that Nichols is more than deserving of this achievement. “He is the best player in the LEC. Ty is one of the hungriest players I have ever met, and I am sure that he will be soon recognized as one of the best players in the country,”  McClain said.

Guard and junior Kyle Santoro had a very similar opinion on Nichols’ achievement and said it does a lot for the team as well. “His achievement helps our team confidence, knowing we have that good of a player on our team always gives us a good chance to win no matter how good of a team we will play,” Santoro said. He added that having Nichols being named to a team that represents the best players in the country for D3 basketball also helps shed some light on Keene State College. “We’re sometimes overlooked so he kind of put us on the map,”  Santoro said.

With the season approaching playoffs, Nichols teammates said that it’s nice going into it knowing they have a strong player and leader on the court. Nichols hopes to keep up the hard work and help lead his team to greatness, knowing that the journey ahead entitles a lot of focus, hard work and, most importantly, dedication.

Caroline Perry can be contacted at cperry@kscequinox.com

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