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Central York High grad still in running for big-time honor in small-college basketball

STEVE HEISER
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  • Central York High grad Jared Wagner is on the Top 50 Bevo Francis Watch List.
  • The Francis award goes to the top small-college basketball player in the nation.
  • The York College senior guard is averaging 18.4 points and 7.2 assists per game.
Jared Wagner

Jared Wagner is garnering some big-time national attention in small-college basketball.

The Central York High School graduate has been named to the Top 50 Bevo Francis Watch List. The honor for the York College senior guard was announced by the Small College Basketball and National Awards Committee on Saturday.

The Clarence "Bevo" Francis Award is presented annually to the player who has had the finest overall season within small-college basketball, including both NCAA Division II and NCAA Division III, among other small-college organizations. York is an NCAA D-III program.

Wagner, who was named to the original Top 100 Watch List in mid-January, is having an outstanding season for the 19-5 Spartans. The senior is leading the team in scoring (18.4 ppg), assists (7.2 apg) and steals (2.8 spg). He is adding 5.9 rebounds per game. Wagner is shooting 53.7% from the floor, 37.8% from 3-point range and 73.3% from the foul line.

Wagner leads the Capital Athletic Conference in scoring, assists and steals per game. He is 11th in rebounding, second in field-goal percentage and sixth in foul shooting percentage. He has been named the CAC Player of the Week in six different weeks this season. 

Wagner's name is all over the Spartans career record book. He is first in career steals (275), second in assists (525), fourth in minutes played (3,219), 11th in points (1,415), 14th in rebounding (523) and 15th in 3-pointers made (110).

York College guard Jared Wagner remains focused on team despite stellar senior season

On March 15, the list will be reduced to the top 25 players. On April 4, the finalists for this year's award will be announced, followed by the Bevo Francis Award winner being crowned on April 6.

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Wagner and his Spartan teammates close out the 2020 regular season on Wednesday night when they play host to St. Mary's College in a CAC contest. Tip time at Wolf Gymnasium is set for 7 p.m. The Spartans will then open the CAC Tournament by hosting a semifinal game on Wednesday, Feb. 26.

Michael honored by CAC: York College sophomore goalkeeper Jack Michael is the CAC Defensive Lacrosse Player of the Week.

Michael led the Spartans to an 11-3 road win at Eastern on Saturday in St. David's. Michael recorded 10 saves in the win. For the season, Michael is 2-0 with a 6.0 goals-against average and a .636 save percentage.

Reach Steve Heiser at sheiser@yorkdispatch.com. The York College athletic department contributed information for this report.