Simonds Named NESCAC, Maine State Player of the Week

Jack Simonds averaged 23.7 points and 7.7 rebounds in a 3-0 week for the Polar Bears
Jack Simonds averaged 23.7 points and 7.7 rebounds in a 3-0 week for the Polar Bears

BRUNSWICK, Maine - Bowdoin first-year Jack Simonds (Falmouth, Maine) has been named the NESCAC and Maine State men's basketball Player of the Week.

Simonds earned the awards thanks to an outstanding performance in three Polar Bear wins over conference foes last week that helped clinch a postseason berth for Bowdoin.

The rookie led Bowdoin with a 27-point outing on Tuesday in a 73-51 win against Bates. Simonds shot 11-of-15 from the floor and made all four trips to the foul line while finishing only one rebound shy of a double-double. The Polar Bears knocked off No. 20 Wesleyan on Saturday with an 80-71 victory behind Simonds' second 27-point scoring attack of the week. The Falmouth, Maine native knocked down a trio from beyond the arc, and sank all eight trips to the charity stripe, and gathered eight rebounds. In the final game of the week, Simonds closed out the week with a 17-point output in a must-win contest for the Polar Bears. In the 78-71 win, Simonds shot 6-of-13 from the field and made 4-of-6 trips to the line with six rebounds.

For the week, Simonds averaged 23.7 points, 7.7 rebounds, and shot 50.0% (25-50) from the floor and made an impressive 88.8% (16-18) of his trips to the free throw line.

Bowdoin is the seventh seed for the upcoming NESCAC Tournament and will travel to Amherst for the quarterfinals on Saturday at 4:00 p.m.