SPOKANE, Wash. – Whitworth men's basketball senior Kyle Roach is picking up the 2018-19 season where he left off last year. As an All-American.
D3hoops.com has named Roach to its 2018-19 preseason men's All-American team as a first team selection.
Roach (Sr., Marinwood, Calif.) finished the 2017-18 campaign as an NABC Division III first team All-American. He was also the Northwest Conference Player of the Year.
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.
The Pirates will play the University of Montana in an exhibition game on November 2nd before officially opening the season against St. Olaf (Minn.) on November 16th in a game at George Fox University (Ore.).