The National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) has selected Whitworth University's Kyle Roach, a junior from Marinwood, California, as the 2018 Division III West Region Player of the Year.
Roach is Whitworth's second NABC West Region Player of the Year. Michael Taylor received the honor in 2011 on the way toward receiving Division III national player of the year recognition. Click here for Roach's 2018 highlight video.
"There is no doubt that Kyle is one of the nation's premier players, and his leadership and performance this year was a driving force in our program's success amid great change and adversity," said Whitworth head coach Matt Logie. "Kyle's sheer determination and competitiveness became a hallmark of this year's Pirate team and I'm very happy for him that the region's coaches took notice."
Roach became the 12th player in Whitworth history to earn Northwest Conference Player of the Year recognition in 2018. A 6-5 G/F, Roach averaged a team-best 18.7 points per game this season, which ranked third in the NWC. In conference-only stats, on which All-NWC voting is based, Roached averaged 20.3 points per contest. Roach led the NWC in minutes played (34.6) and in free throws made (118-148). In addition, Roach added 5.2 rebounds per game and led his team in assists per game (3.8). Roach was selected as the NWC's Player of the Week twice in 2017-18, on January 8th and on February 5th. He scored 45 points on February 6th against top-ranked Whitman, the second-highest single-game total in school history. On February 3rd Roach became the 28th player in school history to surpass 1,000 career points and he currently has scored 1,143.
Roach led the Pirates to a final record of 24-4. Whitworth reached the NCAA Division III tournament for the 12th year in a row and 13th time overall.
Roach was a second team All-NWC selection in 2016-17 in his first season as a starter for the Pirates.