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Whitworth guard Ben College named Northwest Conference player of the year; West Valley’s Nick Drynan is freshman of the year

UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 27, 2020

Whitworth guard Ben College  drives past Linfield’s defense during a Northwest Conference basketball game, Friday, Feb. 8, 2019, at Whitworth University. (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)
Whitworth guard Ben College drives past Linfield’s defense during a Northwest Conference basketball game, Friday, Feb. 8, 2019, at Whitworth University. (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)
By Dan Thompson For The Spokesman-Review

Whitworth senior guard Ben College was named Northwest Conference Player of the Year on Wednesday.

College leads the conference in scoring (22.1 points per game) and sank 81 3-pointers during the regular season, most in the NWC. He ranks third on Whitworth’s career scoring list with 1,752 points, 55 behind Rod McDonald (1964-67) and 261 behind Bryan Depew (2001-04).

Whitworth players have won six of the past 10 NWC Player of the Year honors, including Kyle Roach (2018), and Kenny Love (2015), who is now an assistant coach for the Pirates.

Pacific guard Nick Drynan, a West Valley High School graduate, was named NWC Freshman of the Year. Drynan averaged 13.4 points per game this season, 14th most in the conference. He was also listed among the honorable mention players on the all-conference list.

College was joined on the All-NWC first team by Dempsey Roggenbuck (Linfield), Andrew Vickers (Whitman), Stellan Roberts (Puget Sound), Leighton Kingma (Pacific Lutheran) and Zeke Crawford (Lewis & Clark).

Whitworth senior Sam Lees, whose shooting percentage of 57.8 ranks fourth in the conference, was named to the second team.

Linfield’s Shanan Rosenberg, whose Wildcats are co-champions of the conference with Whitworth, was named coach of the year for the second time (2017).

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