KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Five upperclassmen on the Carleton College men’s basketball team were all named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches’ (NABC) Honors Court while the Knights program also received the NABC’s Team Academic Excellence Award for the ninth consecutive year.
The five members of the program to take home individual recognition this time were: Alex Battist ’22 (Maple Grove, Minn./Maple Grove); Jeremy Beckler ’23 (Lino Lakes, Minn./White Bear Lake); Brad Lee ’23 (La Canada Flintridge, Calif./Maranatha); Beck Page ’23 (Longmont, Colo./Longmont); and Matt Wyffels ’23 (Lino Lakes, Minn./Centennial).
The team award honors programs that achieved a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better for the 2021-22 academic year. The Knights easily exceeded that threshold by putting together a 3.47 GPA. Carleton is 1 of 3 MIAC programs to capture the accolade each of the last nine seasons.
The NABC Honors Court recognizes men’s collegiate basketball student-athletes who excelled in academics during the past season. The award is open only to varsity players at four-year schools that possess a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher at the conclusion of the academic year and are academically either a junior or senior.
Battist graduated this spring after majoring in biology and earned his second NABC Honors Court nod. The lone senior on the Knights’ roster in 2021-22, he averaged 11.5 points and team-highs of 6.5 rebounds and 1.4 blocks en route to receiving All-MIAC Honorable Mention for the second consecutive time. He started 20 games on the season and achieved double-digit scoring nine times, including a career-best 30-point effort in the win at Trinity (TX) on Nov. 27. He was 1 of only 3 MIAC players to average at least 10.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, and 1.0 blocks per game last season.
A computer science major, Beckler was an All-Region pick by both D3hoops.com and the NABC. He was the top-scoring frontcourt player in the MIAC last season, pacing Carleton at 16.7 points per contest. He achieved double-digit scoring in 20 games in 2021-22, including pair of double-doubles. He finished second on the Knights and ranked among conference leaders at 5.4 rebounds, 2.2 assists, and 0.9 blocks per game as he started all 23 games for the Knights’ squad that went 16-7 overall and 13-5 in MIAC play. More than solely a low-post scorer, he shot 43.9 percent on 3-pointers during conference games to rank third-best among MIAC players with at least 60 attempts. Beckler was only the player in the region to average better than 15.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists, and 0.6 blocks per game this season.
Lee, Page, and Wyffels are all economics majors.
Lee appeared in 17 games last season and posted the second-best assist-to-turnover ratio among players to appear in as many games. He was also named to the Academic All-MIAC team for 2021-22.
Page started all 23 games in 2021-22, averaging 7.7 points as he connected on a team best 38 3-pointers. He posted career bests of 25 points and seven 3-pointers in the road win at Concordia College-Moorhead on Jan. 23, 2022.
Wyffels played in 12 games last season, including a career-best 12 points in 12 minutes against Concordia on Nov. 17, 2021.