WELLESLEY, Mass. – A trio of MIT men's basketball players earned honors from the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference when the league announced its 2013 men's basketball awards today. Senior Will Tashman (Atherton, Calif.) was named the NEWMAC Athlete of the Year, with senior Mitchell Kates (Colts Neck, N.J.) earning first team all-conference recognition and sophomore Matt Redfield (Los Altos, Calif.) getting a second team all-conference slot. MIT led the NEWMAC with its three all-conference awards.
Tashman, who also received first team all-conference honors, averaged a double-double this season with his 16.0 ppg and 10.8 rpg averages. A three-time NEMWAC Player of the Week this season, Tashman led the conference in rebounding while leading the Engineers in both scoring and rebounding. The MIT career leader in rebounds, Tashman became the first MIT player to reach 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds in a career this season. He is currently tied for 14th in the nation in rebounds per game. It is the third straight season he has earned first team all-conference honors.
Another 1,000-point career scorer, Kates leads MIT and the NEWMAC in steals and averaged 14.8 points per game this season, second on the team and sixth in the league. The MIT career record holder in assists and steals, he is the first MIT men's basketball player to be named All-NEWMAC in each of his four seasons.
A two-time NEMWAC Player of the Week selection this season, Redfield is a first time all-conference selection. The NEMWAC leader in field goal percentage, he averaged 10.0 points and 8.0 rebounds while leading the Engineers with 47 blocked shots, the fourth most in MIT history.
MIT will move on to NCAA Division III Tournament play next, traveling to St. Mary's City, Maryland where the Engineers will face host St. Mary's College in the first round on Saturday at 7:00 p.m.