York College's Blayde Reich, Dalton Myers on watch list for national basketball award

  • York College's Blayde Reich and Dalton Myers are up for the Bevo Francis Award.
  • The award goes to the top small college basketball player in the nation.
  • A total of 100 players are on the watch list for the award.

Two of the top players on the No. 4 York College men's basketball team are on a watch list for a major national award.

Seniors Dalton Myers and Blayde Reich have been named to the 2018 Bevo Francis Award Top 100 Watch List.

York College senior Blayde Reich. YORK DISPATCH FILE PHOTO

The award is presented by Small College Basketball and the watch list for the award consists of 100 of the top men's players in the country who compete in NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III, NAIA Division I, NAIA Division II, USCAA and NCCAA.

"The Bevo Francis Award has quickly become the most prestigious award for collegiate players at the small-college levels, and this watch list and award has now drawn a great deal of attention," Small College Basketball founder John McCarthy said in a news release. "We've received a tremendous amount of information, and we've done a great deal of research. Ultimately, selecting 100 players from 1,100-1,200 schools is extremely challenging. Our committee did a tremendous amount of research."

Myers and Reich have powered the Spartans to a 15-0 record. York is ranked No. 4 nationally in NCAA Division III in the most recent d3hoops.com poll. That ties the highest ranking in school history, previously set in Week 12 of the 2005-06 season. The 15 straight wins is a school record, breaking the previous mark of 14 set during the 2004-05 season.

Reich is leading the team in scoring and rebounding. The 6-foot, 5-inch forward is averaging 18.7 points and 8.4 rebounds per game. Reich is shooting 54.8 percent from the floor. Reich is the second-leading scorer in the Capital Athletic Conference and he's the third-best rebounder in the league.

York College senior Dalton Myers. YORK DISPATCH FILE PHOTO

Reich was a second-team All-CAC selection last season. He needs 53 more points to become the 24th member of the 1,000 career point club at York. He had a career game in an overtime win over Washington & Lee when he had 44 points and 19 rebounds. The 44 points were three points short of tying the school record, while the rebounds were three short of the school record of 22.

The 6-7 Myers is York's second-leading scorer. He is contributing 18.5 points and 5.3 rebounds per game. He is shooting 56.4 percent from the floor, 44.4 percent from 3-point range and 79.7 percent from the free throw line. Myers is third in the CAC in scoring and 3-point field-goal percentage. Myers is 13th on the school's all-time scoring list with 1,284 career points.

The Spartans return to action at 6 Wednesday night when they head to St. Mary's College to face the Seahawks in CAC action.

York swimmers honored: York College sophomore Justine Wantz and freshman Kevin Stahl have been named the Capital Athletic Conference Swimmers of the Week.

It's the second time this season that Wantz earned the women's honor. Stahl has won the men's award four times. 

Wantz led the Spartans over Randolph-Macon on Saturday, winning the 100 and 200 backstrokes while swimming lead-off on the winning 200 medley relay team.

Stahl also won a pair of events vs. Randolph-Macon in the 1,000 and 500 freestyles. Stahl also set a new school record in the 200 individual medley in 1 minute, 57.51 seconds, but didn't get credit for the win because he swam in the event as an exhibition.