Three members of the Hobart College basketball team were recently honored for their commitment on the basketball court and in the classroom. Senior Jamal Lucas and juniors Sam Allen and Edens Fleurizard earned a spot on the 2018-19 National Association of Basketball Coaches Honors Court.
To be named to the Honors Court, varsity student-athletes must be a junior or senior with at least one full year at their current institution and possess at least a 3.2 cumulative GPA.
Lucas graduated in May with a bachelor’s degree in economics. The three-time All-Liberty League selection finished his Hobart career fourth in steals (168), fifth in free throws made (385), ninth in rebounds (593) and 10th in points (1,470). A team captain, Lucas averaged 14.9 points, 7.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists as a senior. He notched five double-doubles on the year, including season-highs of 24 points and 13 boards in the home win over Ithaca.
A sociology and environmental studies major, Allen is a two-time Liberty League All-Academic Team pick and a two-time recipient of Hobart’s Arnold Memorial Scholar-Athlete Award. He played in 21 games this season, starting four. He averaged 3.2 points and 1.4 rebounds in 9.1 minutes last season. Allen notched a season-high seven points three times and grabbed a season-high six caroms in the win over Stevens. A starter in 35 of the 72 career games he’s played, Allen has 466 points and 264 rebounds heading into his senior year.
A philosophy major, Fleurizard also earned a spot on the Liberty League All-Academic Team while also serving as a HWS student trustee. He started 25 of the 28 games he played in this year, averaging 10.0 points, 7.5 rebounds and 1.9 blocked shots. Fleurizard’s 53 blocked shots led the team, ranked second in the conference and are the most by a Statesman since 1978-79. He had five double-doubles last season, including season-highs of 26 points and 16 boards in the regular season home win over Bard.
Hobart finished the 2018-19 season with a 17-11 overall record and a 12-6 mark in the Liberty League. The Statesmen entered the conference championship tournament as the No. 3 seed and reached the Liberty League Championship game with wins over No. 6 Bard and No. 2 St. Lawrence. It was Hobart’s sixth appearance in the title tilt in the past 10 seasons.
Since 2012, 14 Statesmen have been named to the NABC Honors Court a total of 18 times. Trey Blanding, Andrew Hoy, Connor Rehbaum and Luke Ruddy earned the recognition in both their junior and senior years.