Wilson-Thomas tabbed for men's hoops All-HCAC honors

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RICHMOND, Ind. – Earlham College senior Elijah Wilson-Thomas was named to the All-Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference men's basketball teams, which were announced Tuesday.

An Honorable Mention selection, Wilson-Thomas was one of 19 student-athletes recognized with All-HCAC honors.

Wilson-Thomas finished the season ranked fifth among HCAC scoring leaders with 17.6 points per game. He ranked third in the conference in free-throw shooting percentage after going 94-of-103 at the free-throw line (.913) during the 2017-18 season, and he set a new Division III men's basketball career record with his .925 free-throw shooting percentage between 2014 and 2018.

The Goldsboro, N.C., native was tabbed as the HCAC Men's Basketball Player of the Week on January 29, 2018, becoming the first Earlham men's basketball to receive a weekly award from the conference. He earned the accolade after averaging 23.0 points on .590 (13-of-22) shooting in a pair of Earlham victories over Bluffton and Anderson. In addition, Wilson-Thomas netted a career-high 35 points in the Quakers' 90-80 victory over Franklin College on February 3, 2018.

With 440 points this season, Wilson-Thomas finished his career with 1,252 points. He was the 26th player in Earlham men's basketball history to reach 1,000 career points, and the first since the Quakers joined the HCAC prior to the 2010-11 season.

Sophomore Thomas Sanborn was the Quakers' selection to the 2018 HCAC Men's Basketball All-Sportsmanship Team. He finished the season with 3.0 points per game over 21 games while shooting .444 from the floor.

The honors for Wilson-Thomas and Sanborn cap an impressive 2017-18 campaign for the Quakers.

Earlham finished the season with an 8-17 overall record, 6-12 in conference play, giving the Quakers the most conference wins since joining the HCAC, including a program-best three HCAC road wins. Earlham swept the home-and-home series with Defiance College, and closed out the 2017-18 campaign with a 74-73 overtime win over Mount St. Joseph – knocking the Lions out of the top seed for the HCAC tournament.

The Quakers were fourth in the HCAC in scoring with 75.8 points per game, while individually, Kenneth Stalling Jr. led the HCAC in steals (49) and steals per game (0.3)

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