Category: player of the week

Player-of-the-Week #6!

What an amazing week of games, some very fun numbers were put up and so…

Here are your nominees:

UAF: Shadeed Shabazz
UAA: Tobin Karlberg
SFU: Julian Roche
WWU: N/A —> Donated to Alex Sommerfield of UAF.
SPU: Shaw Anderson
SMU: Logan Rooney
CWU: N/A
NNU: Spider Adentunji
MSUB: Zharon Richmond
CU-PDX: N/A
WOU: Emanuel Gant

Player-of-the-Week: Shadeed Shabazz of UAF.

Fun note about Shadeed winning: He had two fantastic games, but he did lose the battle against Divant’e Moffitt of SPU; Divant’e edged him out just slightly. Usually individual games are pretty moot to us, but they both put up fantastic numbers on a regular basis and we’d love to see them play on the same Pro-Am team this Summer as a 1-2 punch because we think it would be amazing.

Congrats on another great week, Shadeed!

Player-of-the-Week #4!

For the week of Jan. 13-19th, 2020.

The North schools hosted the Oregons, the East schools hosted the Alaskas, and MSUB got a reprieve from Montana while visiting the Puget Sound schools.

UAF: Shadeed Shabazz
UAA: N/A —> Donated to Siaan Rojas of WWU.
SFU: Othniel Spence
WWU: Jalen Green
SPU: Harry Cavell
SMU: Demonte Malloy
CWU: N/A —> Donated to Cameron Retherford of WWU.
NNU: N/A —> Donated to Jasdeep Singh of SFU.
MSUB: Zharon Richmond
CU-PDX: Hunter Sweet
WOU: N/A —> Donated to Shaw Anderson of SPU.

Player-of-the-Week: Jalen Green of WWU.

Congrats guys on a great week of games.

Player-of-the-Week #3!

For the week of Jan. 6-12th, 2020.

The Alaskas hosted the North schools, the Oregons hosted the Puget Sound schools, and the East schools playing each other -all three of them.

UAF: Spencer Sweet
UAA: Jack Macdonald
SFU: N/A —> Donated to Darius Lubom of WOU.
WWU: Trevor Jasinsky
SPU: N/A —> Donated to D’Angelo Minnis of WWU.
SMU: Marky Adams
CWU: Kevin Baker
NNU: N/A —> Donated to Tyler Brimhall of UAA.
MSUB: Brendan Howard
CU-PDX: Dakota Ayala
WOU: Dalven Brushier

Player-of-the-Week: Dalven Brushier. Put up good numbers in the SPU game and absolutely insane numbers in the SMU game. Congrats Dalven!

Player-of-the-Week #1!

We’re doing it all in one post this year; no more monkey business with two posts on Mondays.

For those new around here: We have a formula similar to the production stat that we use for player-of-the-week. Doing it this way allows us to compare players across eras relatively well and it means that even in recent years when the GNAC has been down, receiving a win from us means that despite playing in a down era, they are likely to match-up well talent-wise with guys from better eras.

This past year we didn’t name a GNAC player-of-the-year nor all conference team because no one hit the numbers required, and we feel it’s better to not give out awards than to give out best-of-the-bad awards.

We do try to nominate a player from each school each week, but if no one from a given school hit the minimum numbers required then the spot gets donated to a player that did. If we have more players than spots, we do name honorable mentions -although it hasn’t happened all that often as of late.

That said: It’s player of the week not “best individual game of the week,” so in order to receive a nomination a guy has to hit at least a certain minimum in BOTH games.

With that, this week’s nominees:

UAF: Shadeed Shabazz
UAA: Tyrus Hosley
SFU: Jasdeep Singh
WWU: Jalen Green
SPU: Harry Cavell
SMU: Marky Adams
CWU: Kevin Baker
NNU: N/A —> Donated to CJ Jennings of SMU.
MSUB: Brendan Howard
CU-PDX: Hunter Sweet
WOU: Cameron Cranston

Player-of-the-Week: Hunter Sweet -he just edged out Shadeed Shabazz.

Honorable Mentions: Dakota Ayala (CU-PDX), Darius Lubom (WOU), and Jaylyn Richardson (WOU).

Does it mean something that the top two guys both played in a 2OT game against a team they projected in the same range as? Maybe. But really it was only half of our metric; they also both played in regulation games against teams that were supposedly much better than they were. The numbers logged honestly were great but still not a particular outlier of what we’ve seen in past years from various other guys in regulation games and so we don’t consider it statistically significant. While the honorable mentions also played in OT games, it was mentioned in both of the posts that WOU is incredibly top heavy and so yes a number of their guys will likely hit high every week, but… You can only do so much without having a bench.

Congrats again to Hunter Sweet on the win.


Sometime later this week or early next week we’ll do a deep dive of West Region non-con and the implications going into the full block of conference play.

Great week of hoops. Good luck to all during finals.

Be safe, have fun, go GNAC!

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.