Crumly Earns NABC All-America Third Team Nod

Will Crumly

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Covenant men's basketball sophomore Will Crumly was named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Division III All-America third team, announced the association on Thursday.

Crumly becomes the first Covenant player to earn an All-America honor since the 2005-06 season when Josh Suddath was a third team NAIA All-America selection.

A sophomore from Marietta, Ga., Crumly had one of the most impressive seasons for a Scot over the last decade. Crumly was named USA South Player of the Year, and first team All-USA South, after leading the team with 22.0 points and 8.5 rebounds per game while shooting 59.9 percent from the field.

Earlier this week, Crumly earned D3hoops.com All-South Region first team and was an NABC All-District South first team choice.

"I'm really proud of Will, as well as the rest of our team, for this honor," head coach Neal Young said. "In our sport, there is no such thing as a truly individual award. Will relied heavily on his teammates this season just as we relied heavily on him. Will has shown a tremendous amount of growth from the end of our season last year up to now. His approach, work level, confidence and maturity are all on a different level. That is a testament to both his willingness to do the hard, uncomfortable work that meaningful growth requires and his teammates' willingness to trust and encourage him."

Crumly was a prolific scorer throughout the season. He scored in double figures in 26 consecutive games during the year, and had a streak of 28 straight going back to the 2017-18 season. The forward recorded four 30-plus point games, including a career-high 33 against Louisiana College (Dec. 29). He also registered 10 double-doubles, the most by a Covenant player in a single-season since the 2003-04 season, and scored 20 or more points in a game 16 times.

Crumly was second in the USA South in scoring average and rebounding and ranked third in field goal percentage. He was seventh in the nation in field goals made (243) and led the conference in the category. Crumly also led the USA South in total defensive rebounds (160) and total rebounds (229). Additionally, Crumly was a two-time USA South Player of the Week award recipient.

"Will also brings a lot to our team with his outgoing, fun-loving nature," added Young. "It's rare that your most talented player is also one of your best glue guys. He really impressed me with his ability to approach this season with an elevated level of seriousness while at the same time not losing that part of his personality."

Crumly is the first men's basketball player from the USA South to earn All-America recognition since Christopher Newport's Conley Taylor in 2012.

Crumly's play helped Covenant win a USA South West Division regular season title, the first conference regular season championship for the program in 55 years. The Scots finished 18-9 overall, setting a program record for winning percentage, and won a USA South-record 16 conference games.

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