WWU junior Trevor Jasinsky is 2nd in the GNAC and 3rd in the West Region averaging 19.1 points per game: PHOTO: WWU Athletics

Jasinsky Named to Bevo Francis Watch List as Vikings Begin Four-Game Homestand

January 15, 2019 

BELLINGHAM, Wash. – Western Washington University men’s basketball junior Trevor Jasinsky has been named to the Bevo Francis Award Top 100 Watch List recognizing the top men’s basketball players across the NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III, NAIA Division I, NAIA Division II, USCAA and NCCAA divisions, announced Tuesday by Small College Basketball.

 

Jasinsky (Camas, WA) is 2nd in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference and third in the NCAA II West Region averaging 19.1 points per game. The 6-7 forward is also listed 4th in the GNAC and 10th in the West Region averaging 7.2 rebounds per game. 

 

He has scored in double-digits in 15 of 16 games in 2018-19, and has recorded a league-best eight 20-point games. Jasinsky has made 35 3-pointers, tied for 4th-most in the GNAC, and has 111 career 3-pointers to rank 14th in program history. 

 

This marks the fourth year of the Bevo Francis Award, with Vikings Kyle Impero (2015-16), Jeffrey Parker (2016-17), Taylor Stafford (2016-17) and Deandre Dickson (2017-18) all being named to the watch list in past seasons.

 

The Bevo Francis Award is presented annually by Small College Basketball to the player with the best overall season in small-college basketball player this year. A committee of college coaches narrowed the list down to 100 players from over 1,100 colleges and universities and took into consideration individual statistics, previous awards, milestones and team success.

 

On February 15, Small College Basketball will publish the next Watch List with 50 players. The list will be narrowed down to 25 players in a Watch List published on March 15. The finalists will be announced in a highlight video that will be released on April 6.

 

The complete list of the 100 players named to the 2019 Bevo Francis Award Top 100 Watch List can be viewed online at smallcollegebasketball.com.  Jasinsky joins Saint Martin’s Luke Chavez as the two GNAC players named to the Watch List and one of just five West Region players from the GNAC, CCAA and PacWest.

 

Vikings Host Simon Fraser Tonight

WHAT’S HAPPENING…the WWU men’s basketball team returns home for the start of a four-game homestand, hosting Simon Fraser (7-7, 1-5) on Tuesday and Montana State Billings (8-6, 3-3) on Thursday in Great Northwest Athletic Conference action…the Vikings will be at home for six of their next eight games, and will play eight of their final 14 games of the regular season in Carver Gym.

 

THE RECORD…WWU is 9-7 overall and tied for 5th place in the GNAC with a 3-3 conference record…after opening the season 7-2, is 2-5 over the last 7 games…4-1 in Carver Gym, 2-3 on the road and 3-3 in neutral-site games…7-2 when leading at the half and 2-5 when trailing.

A LOOK AT LAST WEEK…the Vikings earned a road split last week, falling to Northwest Nazarene 82-74 and bounced back with a 73-65 victory over in-state rival Central Washington…Leif Anderson led the Vikings averaging 15.5 points per game, including a career-high 21 points at Northwest Nazarene…Anderson was 11-for-21 from the field (52.4%) and 7-for-15 from 3-point range (46.7%)…Trevor Jasinsky scored in double-digits in both games averaging 14.5 points and a team-high 7.5 rebounds per game…overall WWU shot 38.2% (52-for-136) and 35.9% from beyond the arc (23-for-64)…Viking were also 20-for-27 from the free throw line (74.1%).

BUSY BEYOND THE ARC…WWU is averaging 28 3-point field goal attempts per game and ranks 47th in NCAA II averaging 9.7 successful 3-point FG per game.

 

HOME SWEET HOME…WWU is 4-1 in Carver Gym this season (1-1 in GNAC play)…beginning with Tuesday’s game vs. SFU, the Vikings will play four straight and six of the next eight games in Carver…WWU is 560-166 (.771) all-time in Carver Gym, with head coach Tony Dominguez leading WWU to a 59-9 (.868) record in the on-campus facility.

 

KEEPING BUSY…the Vikings conclude a busy stretch of four games in eight days with Thursday’s contest vs. MSUB…WWU is coming off a road split at Northwest Nazarene and Central Washington.

 

CHARITY STRIPE…the Vikings lead the GNAC and is 13th in NCAA Division II with 78.5% accuracy from the free throw line…connected on 238-of-303 shots from the charity stripe…WWU shot 77.4% from the line last season (496-for-641) and 78.3% in 2016-17 (564-for-720)…over the last three seasons WWU has combined to shoot 78.0% from the free throw line (1298-for-1664).

 

HOW TO FOLLOW…all GNAC games, home and road, will stream live and feature live statistical updates at GNAC.tv, with home games also streamed live on YouTube…in addition to being available online, all conference matches are available via the GNAC channel on Roku, Apple TV, Android TV and Amazon Fire TV…live links can be accessed through WWUVikings.com/Live.

SERIES HISTORY…here is a look at the series history vs. WWU’s opponents this week:

  • Simon Fraser » WWU leads the all-time series vs. SFU 57-24, including a string of 19 wins over the last 20 games dating back to the 1997-98 season…since SFU joined the GNAC in 2010-11, the Vikings are 15-1…swept SFU last season winning 69-54 on Burnaby Mountain (1/9/18) and 86-64 in Carver Gym (2/6/18)…the Clan are 7-7 overall and 1-5 in GNAC play, with a current 4-game losing streak heading into Tuesday’s game…Othniel Spence leads SFU and is 8th in the GNAC averaging 14.8 points per game…Julian Roche (6.1 rpg) and Wilfried Balata (5.9) are 10th and 11th in the GNAC in rebounding.
     

  • Montana State Billings » WWU leads the all-time series vs. the Yellowjackets 23-6…Vikings are 13-1 all-time vs. MSUB in Bellingham, 10-4 in Billings and 0-1 at a neutral site…WWU has won three straight and six of the last eight in the series…the Yellowjackets are 8-6 overall and 3-3 in GNAC play…MSUB has a pair of players in the top 10 in the GNAC in scoring, led by 15.8 points per game by junior guard Tyler Green…Green has made a GNAC-best 50 3-pointers this season while shooting 48.1% from beyond the arc (50-for-104)…Zack Rollins is averaging 14.9 points per game to rank 7th in the GNAC…Melvin Newbern Jr. is 2nd in the conference averaging 8.4 rebounds per game and is tied for the league lead with four double-doubles.

 

JASINSKY LEADING THE WAY…Trevor Jasinsky leads the team and ranks 2nd in the GNAC averaging 19.1 points per game…leads the conference with eight games with 20-or-more points and has scored in double-digits in 15 of 16 games…tied for 3rd in the conference with three double-doubles…also listed amongst conference leaders in rebounding (4th, 7.2 rpg), free throw percentage (5th, 89.3), blocked shots (T5th, 0.9/game) and has played the most minutes in the GNAC (33.6/game).

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