Five members of the Hobart College basketball team were honored by the Statesmen Athletic Association and the Hobart Athletic Department at the annual Block H Dinner on April 27. Senior guards Trey Blanding and Connor Rehbaum were awarded the Bob Ford ’54 Basketball Award as the team’s co-MVPs.
Senior guard Andrew Hoy was presented the Statesmen Basketball Award for scholarship and leadership and junior guard Michael LaValle was presented with the Kent Butler ’54 Memorial Basketball Award as the team’s most improved. First-year forward Luke Ruddy received the Rookie Award for Basketball.
A second-team All-Liberty League selection and team captain, Blanding started all 26 games for the Statesmen this season. He averaged 9.8 ppg, a league-high 4.7 apg, 3.4 rpg and 1.6 spg this season. He shot 40 percent from the floor and 70 percent from the free throw line. Blanding recorded career-highs of 26 points and seven steals in the Liberty League Tournament semifinal against Clarkson.
Blanding finished his career with 706 points and 348 assists. His assist total was the eighth most on the Hobart all-time list. Blanding was a three-time Liberty League All-Academic honoree and was named to the NABC Honors Court and the Liberty League All-Tournament Team in his junior season.
Blanding was also presented the William J. Napier ’57 Memorial Award for his loyalty and service.
A unanimous first team All-Liberty League selection, Rehbaum started all 26 games this season, averaging 15.3 ppg, 5.9 rpg, and 1.3 apg. He shot 42 percent from the floor, 38 percent from behind the 3-point arc, and 70 percent at the free throw line. Rehbaum was first in the league in 3-pointers made per game (2.5), fourth in scoring and 14th in rebounding. His 66 3-pointers made this season are tied for third most in a season by a Statesman while his 182 career triples are tied for fourth.
Rehbaum, a three-year starter, finished his career with 1,152 points, 15th on the school’s all-time list. He received Liberty League All-Academic honors three times and was named to the NABC Honors Court during his junior season.
LaValle also started all 26 games this season for the Statesmen. He averaged 18.4 minutes per game scoring 4.1 ppg. He produced a season-high 12 points twice this season. LaValle, who will graduate this month with a year of eligibility remaining, played in 46 career games for Hobart and averaged 3.2 points per game.
A three-time Liberty League Rookie of the Week and a Liberty League All-Rookie team selection, Ruddy was the only Hobart first-year to appear in every game this season. Playing just over 17 minutes a game, he averaged 4.8 ppg, and 3.3 rpg. He scored a season-high 14 points against St. Lawrence and collected a season-high eight boards in the regular season finale at Union.
The Statesmen finished the season with an 18-8 record. Only five teams in the 104-season history of the program have won more games in a season. Hobart posted a 13-3 mark in conference play to finish second in the conference standings.