Feb. 27, 2018
For Immediate Release
Contact: Jeff Bernstein
Association continues to honor Div. III standouts
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ST. LOUIS (USBWA) – Caleb Johnson of Berry College (Mount Berry, Ga.) and Kelly Williams of Randolph-Macon College (Ashland, Va.) were named the U.S. Basketball Writers Association Division III National Players of the Week for the week ending February 25.

Johnson, a 6-3 senior forward from Alabaster, Ala., led 8th-seeded Berry (11-17) to an improbable Southern Athletic Association (SAA) Tournament title and its first-ever NCAA Division III Tournament appearance. He averaged 28.6 points, 6.0 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 1.3 steals, and 1.0 blocks as the Vikings defeated three opponents in three days. Against top-seeded Centre on Friday, Johnson played all 40 minutes and totaled 21 points, three rebounds, two assists, a steal, and a block as Berry defeated the Colonels for the first time in program history, 97-93. On Saturday, he had 20 points, seven rebounds, an assist, steal and block in a 95-76 win over Birmingham-Southern. Then, in the SAA Championship Game on Sunday, Johnson again played all 40 minutes and set a school record with 45 points (14-of-20 FG, 15-of-16 FT, 2-of-4 3FG) while adding eight rebounds, one assist, two steals, and a block in the title-clinching 88-78 victory over Hendrix. For the week, he shot 55.3 percent (26-of-47) from the field, 76.3 percent (29-of-38) from the line and 50 percent (5-of-10) from three-point range. For his efforts, Johnson was also named the SAA Tournament MVP.

Williams, a 6-3 sophomore forward from Garysburg, Va., wins the award for the fourth time this season. She averaged 26.3 points, 20.0 rebounds, 4.0 blocks, 1.3 assists, and 0.6 steals as the Yellow Jackets won their three Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) Tournament games and earned a berth in the upcoming NCAA Division III Tournament. On Thursday, Williams scored 19 points (8-of-14 FG, 3-of-8 FT), collected 24 rebounds, had five blocks, and a steal in Randolph-Macon’s 76-59 win over Bridgewater. She then played all 40 minutes in Saturday’s 65-62 victory over Virginia Wesleyan, totaling 29 points (7-of-13 FG, 15-of-23 FT), 16 rebounds, five blocks, and two assists. In Sunday’s 72-68 title-clinching win over top-seeded Emory & Henry, Williams again played all 40 minutes and finished with 31 points (10-of-19 FG, 11-of-14 FT), 20 rebounds, two blocks, two assists, and a steal. For the week, she shot 54.3 percent (25-of-46) from the field and 64.4 percent (29-of-45) from the foul line. Williams, who set ODAC Tournament records with 79 points and 60 rebounds, was also named Tournament Most Outstanding Player and ODAC Player of the Year. She currently leads NCAA Division III in scoring (25.9), rebounding (18.3) and double-doubles (26).

Each Tuesday, the USBWA has selected men's and women's Division III National Players of the Week. This is the final selection of the fourth season in which the USBWA has recognized national players of the week from Division III.

The U.S. Basketball Writers Association was formed in 1956 at the urging of then-NCAA Executive Director Walter Byers. With some 900 members worldwide, it is one of the most influential organizations in college basketball. It has selected an All-America team since the 1956-57 season. For more information on the USBWA and its award programs, contact executive director Joe Mitch at 314-795-6821.

2017-18 USBWA Division III National Players of the Week
• Week ending Nov. 19: Keith Brown, Endicott College and Kelly Williams, Randolph-Macon College
• Week ending Nov. 26: Brayden Olson, Benedictine and Dani Reinwald, Medaille
• Week ending Dec. 3: Hamed Shamseldin, The College at Brockport and Bryce Frank, Austin College
• Week ending Dec. 10: Justin Webster, Adrian College and Georgia Bourikas, Suffolk University
• Week ending Dec. 17: Lavrone Green, New Jersey City and Kendrea Williams, FDU-Florham
• Week ending Dec. 31: Marcus Dempsey, Muskingum University and Kelly Williams, Randolph-Macon College
• Week ending Jan. 7: Sam Light, Lebanon Valley College and Alecia Rohrer, Messiah College
• Week ending Jan. 14: Ryan Bruns, Ohio Northern University and Casey Poe, Whitman College
• Week ending Jan. 21: Jake Ross, Springfield College and Mikayla Hodge, Lyndon State College
• Week ending Jan. 28: Marcus Dempsey, Muskingum College and Andrea Iavarone, St. Joseph's College-Long Island
• Week ending Feb. 4: Josh Freund, Roanoke College and Kelsey Burton, Lake Forest College
• Week ending Feb. 11: Myles Copeland, Trine University and Kelly Williams, Randolph-Macon College
• Week ending Feb. 18: Mike Rapoza, Anna Maria College and Madison Temple, Thomas More College
• Week ending Feb. 25: Caleb Johnson, Berry College and Kelly Williams, Randolph-Macon College