Category: player of the week

No All-Conference Teams for ’18-’19.

So… Here’s the tea: Every time we sat down to go over last year’s numbers, we spiraled into a pit of doom and couldn’t get ourselves to go on because… The numbers were atrocious. And while the conference is obligated to announce an all conference team, we are not.

And as such, the reality is: No one made the all-conference team. No one hit the metrics we use for the SECOND YEAR IN A ROW. Well, in ’17-’18 there was Daulton, but… That was it. And once again, we were questioning our methods, except… Teams in other D2 conferences did hit our metrics.

The GNAC is down right now and it is what it is.

This blog is a labor of love; we love GNAC men’s basketball, hence why we spend six months worth of free time writing about it every year. We’ve done five full years on the blog, eight full years in the GNAC, we have no intention of halting our involvement any time soon, but the conference is down and as such in good faith we can’t name an all conference team.

We were contemplating naming an honorary player of the year and putting an asterisk by it going forward… We’ll go ahead and say that the two best guys in the conference this year were Jarrett Gray of CU-Portland, and Trevor Jasinsky of WWU. That’s what the numbers say. But do their numbers compare to all-conference guys, much less players-of-the-year of past years? Absolutely not.

One of our favorite parts of writing this blog and doing POW as we’ve done it is that we can compare players across years, and therefore if most of the GNAC is down, wouldn’t it make sense that certain guys/teams are able to put up insane numbers? And yet it’s not happening, because it’s not most of the GNAC, it’s the entirety of the GNAC.

That said: as we’ll get into in our previews: there are a TON of amazing guys returning, we have really high hopes for this coming year, lots of good incoming transfers (not that we’ll truly believe in them until we see them play in-conference games), and we see a great year of basketball on the horizon.

The D2West all tournament team will go up simultaneously with this one, and then there will be a regularly scheduled post up tomorrow at 10am.

Be safe, have fun, go GNAC.

Player-of-the-Week #10!!

First, the SFU/WWU Week 8 Make-Up:

SFU: Jasdeep Singh
WWU: N/A —> Donated to Mike Provenzano of Simon Fraser.


In the final week of conference play, there were some absolutely AMAZING individual games, but… That’s not our MO, especially when some of the guys that had one amazing game also had a second, let alone all of the guys that played two good games.

Week #10:

UAF: N/A —> Donated to BJ Standley of SMU.
UAA: Brennan Rymer
SFU: Wil Balata
WWU: Trevor Jasinsky
SPU: Gavin Long
SMU: Luke Chavez
CWU: Matt Poquette
NNU: Adonis Arms
MSUB: N/A —> Donated to Obi Megwa of NNU.
CU-PDX: Dominique Bradley
WOU: Riley Hawken

Honorable Mention: Jarrett Gray (CU-PDX)

Player-of-the-week is… Luke Chavez!


Great final week. Great basketball being played, with the heat and intensity increasing right as we head into post-season. We love it. We’re practically counting the hours until the conference tournament, and… Game previews’ll be up on Thursday morning!

Be safe, have fun, go GNAC!

Player-of-the-Week #9!

We feel like we use too many exclamation points in our subject lines. Whatever. We ❤ GNAC Basketball and we don’t care who knows it! D2 pride all the way all day.

UAF: Michael Kluting
UAA: Brennan Rymer
SFU: Julian Roche
WWU: KJ Bosco
SPU: Gavin Long
SMU: N/A —> Coleman Wooten of SPU
CWU: N/A
NNU: Adonis Arms
MSUB: N/A
CU-PDX: Jarrett Gray
WOU: N/A

Player-of-the-week is: Michael Kluting of Alaska-Fairbanks! Congrats Mike!

Player-of-the-Week 8!

This is for last week, although we’re leaving out the North schools because their game against each other was canceled. If applicable, they’ll each get an extra/separate spot in the Week 10 player-of-the-week post.

Context: The Alaskas were playing the eastern schools, the Puget Sound schools were playing the Oregon schools, and the North schools were at MSUB.

UAF: Michael Kluting
UAA: Brian Pearson
[SFU]
[WWU]
SPU: N/A
SMU: N/A
CWU: N/A
NNU: Obi Megwa
MSUB: Brendan Howard
CU-PDX: N/A
WOU:N/A

Player-of-the-week is… Obi Megwa.

Reminder: It’s player-of-the-week, not best-game-of-the-week.

Player-of-the-Week #6!

This is the weekend of Jan. 31-Feb. 1; The Oregons played the Alaskas, the North schools played the Puget Sound schools, and all three eastern schools were together.

UAF: Tymoryae Glover
UAA: N/A —> Zharon Richmond of MSUB.
SFU: N/A —> Riley Hawken of WOU.
WWU: N/A —> Jarrett Gray of CU-PDX.
SPU: Divant’e Moffitt
SMU: N/A
CWU: N/A
NNU: Obi Megwa
MSUB: Melvin Newsome Jr.
CU-PDX: Cody Starr
WOU: Darius Luborn

Player-of-the-week: Darius Luborn.

Player-of-the-Week #5!

Hey, look, it’s going up! And unfortunately it’s late and yet not the best week of basketball.

This is for the weekend of January 24-26, and the match-ups were: Alaskas vs. WWU/SFU; the Oregons vs. CWU/NNU; and MSUB vs. the Puget Sound schools.

Here’s the very short list of nominees:

UAF: Tymoryae Glover
UAA: N/A
SFU: Julian Roche
WWU: Trevor Jasinsky
SPU: N/A
SMU: Chandler Redix
CWU: N/A
NNU: Adonis Arms
MSUB: N/A
CU-PDX: Jarrett Gray
WOU: N/A

Player-of-the-week: Trevor Jasinsky.

And yes: Five open spots and no one to fill them. Not the best week for GNAC basketball.

Player-of-the-Week #4!

Holy cow, what a week! Here’s the truckload of nominees:

UAF: Tymoryae Glover
UAA: Tyler Brimhall
SFU: Julian Roche
WWU: Trevor Jasinsky
SPU: N/A —> Donated to Jasdeep Singh of SFU.
SMU: N/A —> Donated to Mike Provenzano of SFU.
CWU: N/A —> Donated to Leif Anderson of WWU.
NNU: Adonis Adams
MSUB: Zack Rollins
CU-PDX: Jarrett Gray
WOU: N/A —> Donated to Will Balata of SFU.

Honorable Mentions: Jack MacDonald (UAA),  Niko Bevens (UAA), Luke Lovelady (WWU), and Tyler Green (MSUB).

Player of the Week: Jarrett Gray.

You may notice that this week’s nominees were dominated by guys that played in over time games. Playing more minutes does give you more points in our formula, but it also opens up more opportunities for poor shot selection, stupid turnovers, and missed free throws. We also do believe in giving credit for the exhaustion accumulation factor on bodies; playing 40+ minutes is rough.

That said: What a great week of play. We’d been starting to lose hope/question our methods, but… These numbers are totally possible. We included the honorable mentions list as a means of saying “these guys hit our threshold to qualify but there weren’t enough spots.”

Looking forward to another week of great basketball!

Be safe, have fun, go GNAC!

Player-of-the-Week

No gimmicks this year, we’re just going to tell you straight up: We use a modified version of the production stat. A guy has to hit a minimum in BOTH games that week because it’s player of the week, not best individual game of the week.

A productive player takes smart shots, plays good defense, helps his teammates, and makes his free throws. That’s what makes a player productive.

We don’t do these on a curve, so it’s not the best person on any given team: it’s who hits these numbers and/or who hits the highest of these numbers. If no one on a given team hits the minimum, then the spot is donated to a team with multiple players that did OR left blank if it was an unproductive week for GNAC men’s basketball.

We created a page so you can see who’s won each week collectively.

Now that that’s been established, here are the nominees for the first and second weeks of conference play.

Week 1

UAF: N/A —> Donated to Brandell Evans of WOU.
UAA: N/A
SFU: N/A
WWU: Trevor Jasinsky
SPU: N/A
SMU: Tavian Henderson
CWU: N/A
NNU: N/A
MSUB: Zach Rollins
CU-PDX: Jarrett Gray
WOU: Riley Hawken

Player of the Week: Trevor Jasinsky.


Week 2

UAF: Spencer Sweet
UAA: Tyler Brimhall
SFU: N/A —> Donated to Matt Poquette of CWU.
WWU: N/A —> Donated to Zharon Richmond of MSUB.
SPU: Gavin Long
SMU: EJ Boyce
CWU: Gamaun Boykin
NNU: N/A
MSUB: Melvin Newsome Jr.
CU-PDX: N/A
WOU: Riley Hawken

Player of the Week: Gamaun Boykin.


Game previews’ll be up tomorrow morning.

Player-of-the-Year is… Daulton Hommes!

We stopped doing player-of-the-week because Daulton had won it by the halfway point. The kid is straight-up productive and is actually getting us to be productive in our post-season stuff because there was an announcement yesterday that Trey Drechsel is officially transferring and we’ve heard rumblings that Daulton among others are on that list as well.

It’s been noted that Point Loma has one spot left and it’s Daulton’s for the taking. We’re not 100% on this by any means, but we agree with it and it makes complete sense. In fact, it seems a little conspiracy-y that we’re naming him player-of-the-year just as he’s supposedly about to head to PLNU, but really it’s not: Daulton Hommes is a Ryan Looney-style player and it’s been apparent since he stepped on the court for WWU, although Ryan Looney didn’t recruit him initially.

There can be a misconception about what makes a productive player and how many minutes are required. You can have a team of super productive players that all only see twenty minutes. It’s a ratio that goes between shots taken, free throws made, minutes played, and field stats earned/procured. There were plenty of nights when Daulton, Trey, Deandre, and Trevor all had super productive numbers. It’s also not impossible for a deep team like WOU to have guys all with high production stats, and we were starting to question our method because none of the WOU guys were showing up particularly high in production and yet they were winning, but… They just got bounced early. They’re not a particularly high production team. Cal Baptist is. It is what it is.

And what it is in this case is that Daulton is a fantastic basketball player that rebounds like heck, involves his teammates, takes smart shots, and bodies like his life is on the line. We love it. We love the style he plays in. As much as we’ll miss having him in the GNAC, we genuinely hope he transfers because he’s on a list of guys who’s talent we feel is being wasted by their head coach.

Congrats Daulton!! It’s a blessing to watch you and we can’t wait to see what your future holds.

Player-of-the-Week Noms!

So many new people, so many variations in scheduling that… Forget it. Conference play it is, which is still going to get slightly wacky because of some of the pre-winter break vs. post winter-break games, but oh well. Cross that bridge when we come to it.

No generic platitudes this time, but here are the nominees:

UAF: Alex Baham
UAA: Jacob Lampkin
SFU: N/A —> Daulton Hommes of WWU
WWU: Trey Drechsel
SPU: Gavin Long
SMU: Luke Chavez
MSUB: Zack Rollins
CWU: Fuquan Niles
NNU: Obi Megwa
CU-PDX: Chris Edward
WOU: N/A —> Maurice Jones of NNU

Winner’ll be up in an hour.