Guers earns NE10 Player of the Year honors, Ball and Fortin recognized

MANSFIELD, Mass. – Junior Tim Guers of the Saint Anselm College men's basketball team was selected as the Northeast-10 Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year on Monday. He becomes the seventh Player of the Year honoree from Saint Anselm in conference history.

LINK: Saint Anselm's Tim Guers Named NE10 Player of the Year as League Announces Men's Basketball Honors

Guers also collected NE10 First Team All-Conference while junior Cody Ball was named to the league's Third Team. Senior Taylor Fortin was one of five selections to the Honorable Mention All-Conference team.

The trio has helped Saint Anselm to a 21-7 record and the Northeast Division Regular Season title. The Hawks have reached 20 victories for the fifth time in the last six seasons and will head to its NE10 semifinals game this Wednesday as the reigning league champions.

Guers, the first Player of the Year selection from Saint Anselm since current Assistant Coach Chris Santo '15, is in the midst of a stellar junior season. The former NE10 Rookie of the Year is averaging a career-high 21.8 points per game, scoring 611 points across 28 contests to date. Guers has posted double-digit point scoring totals in 27 of the 28 games played so far this year.

Ranking fourth in the NE10 in points per game (21.8) and rebounds per game (7.5), Guers has also tallied 5.3 assists per game to rank fifth in the league after tallying seven or more assists in nine games. The four-time NE10 Player of the Week selection in 2017-18 also picked up First Team All-Conference honors for the second-straight season.

On a national scale, Guers is ranked 10th in minutes per game (37.7), 11th in total minutes played (1,056) and 18th in total points scored (611). His 41-point performance earlier in the season against Adelphi ranks him within the top-30 in NCAA Division II in single-game points leaders in 2017-18.

Guers, a native of Langhorne, Pa., scored his 1,000th career point on Nov. 11, 2017 against Concordia (N.Y.) and has recorded 20-plus points in a game in 32 of his 88 career games. He has scored 1,594 career points entering Wednesday's contest and his 18.1 career points per game is tied for ninth in Saint Anselm history.

Ball earned All-Conference recognition for the first time in his career with Monday's announcement. The reigning NE10 Tournament Most Valuable Player is enjoying a stellar junior season, averaging a career-high 15.2 points per game by pouring home just over 45% of his three-point attempts on the year (86-for-190).

Ranked fourth in the NE10 in three-point field goal percentage (.453), Ball is 17th nationally with a .453 three-point field goal percentage and his 86 treys this season is the 24th-most in Division II to date. Ball has also contributed defensively with a personal single-season record of 134 rebounds and 21 blocks.

For his career, Ball, who hails from nearby Londonderry, N.H., has appeared in 88 games and needs only 21 points to reach 1,000 for his career. He is tied with Matt Murphy '01 for seventh all-time with a .423 career three-point field goal percentage and is his team's active leader in career field goal percentage with a .473 mark (363-for-767).

Fortin, from Tolland, Conn., received NE10 Honorable Mention distinction for the second-straight season. The senior captain recently scored his 1,000th career point and has dished out 177 assists on the year, crossing the 400-career assist milestone last time out against Southern Connecticut State. His 6.3 assists per game is currently the 15th-best figure in Division II.

Ranking ninth all-time with 405 career assists, Fortin has registered 23 career games with seven or more helpers. He is averaging 9.3 points per game across 109 career appearances in a Hawks uniform and has recorded 14 per contest in 2017-18. Fortin and Guers are responsible for Saint Anselm ranking sixth nationally in total assists (521) and seventh in assists per game (18.6).

The Hawks, ranked fifth in the East Region as of Feb. 21, host Bentley this Wednesday, Feb. 28 at 7 p.m. in the NE10 Tournament Semifinals.