Flannery Wins Third Straight NABC Northeast District Player of the Year Award and is Named to Small College Hoops Bevo Francis Award Top 25 Watch List; Brennan Earns Second NABC Northeast District Coach of the Year Honor
KANSAS CITY, Mo.—In the midst of one of the best seasons in program history, the Babson College men's basketball team continues to see the postseason awards roll in as senior Joey Flannery was selected as the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Northeast District Player of the Year, and Stephen Brennan was tabbed as the district coach of the year on Wednesday.
Flannery, who earned his third straight player of the year nod and his fourth consecutive first-team all-district honor, is averaging 23.4 points to go along with career highs of 7.1 rebounds and 3.7 assists while shooting 46.1 percent from the floor. The NCAA's active leader in points (2,573) and made free throws (679), Flannery has produced seven straight games of 20 or more points and is averaging 30.0 points during the Beavers' NCAA Tournament run.
Flannery, who was also named to the Small College Basketball Bevo Francis Award Top 25 Watch List on Wednesday, has connected on a career-high 73 three-point field goals and scored a single-season program record 703 points this winter. He also needs to hit just five shots to pass Tom Groth's '84 single-season record of 240 made field goals during the 1983-84 season.
Brennan, who earned his second NABC Northeast District Coach of the Year award in three years, has led the program to unprecedented success over the last four years. The Green and White has made four straight NCAA Tournament appearance, reached three consecutive Sweet 16's and is returning to the Final Four for the second time in three years.
Brennan has guided the Beavers to an overall mark of 101-18 mark over the last four years, which includes 81 wins since the start of the 2014-15 campaign. The program also has won three straight New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) regular season titles and became the first team in conference history to go unbeaten in league play this winter.
Third-ranked Babson (29-2) will take on top-ranked Whitman (31-0) in the first of two national semifinal contests on Friday at 5 p.m. in Salem, Va.