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Gilmour named NESCAC Player of the Year

Thomas M. Baker
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Posted 3/7/19

Two Hamilton College men’s basketball players have earned all-New England Small College Athletic Conference honors. Hamilton College junior Kena Gilmour of New Paltz, was selected as the …

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Gilmour named NESCAC Player of the Year

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Two Hamilton College men’s basketball players have earned all-New England Small College Athletic Conference honors.

Hamilton College junior Kena Gilmour of New Paltz, was selected as the recipient of the 2019 NESCAC Men’s Basketball Player of the Year Award. Gimour is the first Continental student-athlete player to receive the award since Hamilton College Athletics joined the sport in the NESCAC in 2011-12. Also, senior Peter Hoffmann of Putnam Valley was named to the all-conference second team when the NESCAC announced it’s yearly award winners on Wednesday, Feb. 27.

The 6-foot 4-inch Gilmour averages 19.1 points per game, second in the conference, has an 87.2 free-throw percentage, also placing him second in the NESCAC. He’s seventh in the conference with 83 assists and 32 steals, and 19th in rebounds with 5.9 per game. In 10 conference regular season match-ups, Gilmour scored 19.8 points per game and led the conference in free-throw percentage with 91.1 percent. Gilmour scored his 1,000th point against Elmira College on Dec. 8, placing him on the Continentals list of all-time high scoring players. In addition, for the second year in a row Gilmour was selected for the first-team all-conference. In 2017, Gilmour was voted NESCAC rookie of the year by conference head coaches.

Gilmour, a government major with a 3.62 GPA, and first-team NCAA Division III District 3 (New York) player, was selected for the 2018-19 Google Cloud Academic All-District Men’s Basketball Team by the College Sports Information Directors of America on Feb. 21. The academic all-district team recognizes the nation’s top student-athletes for their combined performances on the court and in the classroom. The program separately recognizes basketball honorees in NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III and NAIA. The teams are divided into geographic districts across the U.S. and Canada.

Despite Gilmour’s achievements his remarks on being named NESCAC Player of the Year were quite modest.

“It’s a testament to the support I’ve received from the people around me and the hard work put in,” he said.

Hoffman, for the third year in a row, was selected to the all-conference second team. A 6-foot 6-inch senior guard/forward, who averages 12.6 points per game, has a spot reserved on the conference top 20 list with a 50 percent field-goal effort, 65 assists, 28 steals and 17 blocked shots. In regular-season conference play Hoffman averaged 13.5 points per game and 5.7 rebounds.

Hoffman said it’s incredible to be honored by the NESCAC.

“I believe it is a product of all the hard work I have put in over the years,” Hoffman said. “Additionally, my coaches and teammates have been pivotal in helping me reach my potential.”

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