Guers, Dickson headline NE10 Men's Basketball All-Conference announcement

Guers, Dickson headline NE10 Men's Basketball All-Conference announcement

MANSFIELD, Mass. – Saint Anselm College men's basketball senior Tim Guers (Langhorne, Pa.) was selected as the Northeast-10 Conference Player of the Year and Head Coach Keith Dickson picked up Coach of the Year honors on Tuesday as the league announced its All-Conference squad along with its major award winners.

LINK: Saint Anselm's Tim Guers Named NE10 Player of the Year, as Men's Basketball Awards Announced

Guers was voted as the conference's Player of the Year for the second consecutive season while Dickson was tabbed as the league's top coach for the fifth time in his 33-year career on the Hilltop. Senior Cody Ball (Londonderry, N.H.) was voted to the league's Second Team and sophomore Chris Paul (Highland Mills, N.Y.) earned Honorable Mention distinction.

With Tuesday's announcement, Guers becomes the seventh student-athlete in league history to earn Player of the Year honors twice and the first since the 2012-13 season. Additionally, Guers is one of only 14 student-athletes in conference history to earn three career First Team All-Conference selections. 

Dickson has guided the Hawks to a 22-5 record to date. Saint Anselm was recently awarded its ninth conference regular season championship with an 18-3 mark versus league opponents and the Hawks also picked up their highest-ever national ranking earlier in the season (No. 4).

Guers, also named to the league's First Team, is averaging exactly 22 points per game in a stellar senior season for the Hawks. Playing nearly 38 minutes per game, Guers ranks fifth in the NE10 in assists per game (5.5) and seventh in rebounds per game (7.3). His 44.4% percentage from three-point distance is also the seventh-best figure among NE10 student-athletes.

On Feb. 13 against Assumption, Guers became the program's all-time leading scorer by passing Matt Cahill '06, who racked up 2,081 points across 119 career games. Exiting the team's last game against Southern Conn. St. on Sunday, Guers has posted 2,222 career points in 117 career games and his 19.0 career points per game is the third-best figure in team history.

A Preseason All-America pick by the Division II Bulletin and Street & Smith's Magazine prior to this season, Guers becomes the second three-time recipient of First Team All-Conference honors in team history, equaling Cahill who accomplished the feat from 2003-04 to 2005-06. Guers began his career with All-Rookie Team honors in 2015-16.

Ranking first in team history in field goals made (760), Guers stands as the only Hawks student-athlete ever to rank in the top-10 in career points (2,222), overall rebounds (767) and assists (495). A two-time team captain, Guers earned NABC First Team All-America honors last season and remains a candidate for the Bevo Francis Award, issued annually to the student-athlete who posts the "finest overall season" within small college basketball.

In the midst of his 33rd season as the Head Coach at Saint Anselm, Dickson has guided his team to 20-win seasons in six of the last seven campaigns and his team remains in pursuit of its seventh consecutive NCAA Division II Tournament appearance. Dickson entered the season ranked seventh in NCAA Division II among active coaches and 19th all-time with 617 wins.

Since his promotion to Head Coach prior to the 1986-87 season, Dickson-led programs have earned 18 bids to the NCAA Division II Tournament, including an appearance in the Elite Eight in 2000. His teams have also recorded a winning record in all but three of the last 27 seasons under Dickson's direction.

With a 639-333 overall record entering his next game, Dickson is only five victories away from setting the all-time Northeast-10 record for coaching victories since the formation of the NE10 in 1980. He previously was named the league's Coach of the Year in 1989-90, 1994-95, 1995-96 and 2012-13.

A Third Team All-Conference selection as a junior, Ball was named to the league's Second Team in 2018-19 after recording 13.4 points per game for the Hawks. Averaging a career-high 5.1 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game to date, Ball ranks fifth in the NE10 in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.91) and three-point field goal percentage (41.5%) 

Ball has made at least four three-point baskets in 10 games this season and is 19th among active NCAA Division II student-athletes and seventh in team history with 254 made three-point field goals in his career. Defensively, Ball has recorded 68 career blocks to rank fifth all-time in program history. This season, his 18 blocks place him on the conference's top-20 list.

Across a 118-game career, Ball has posted 11.6 points per game and a 47.6% field goal percentage. His 41.9% percentage from three-point distance is the fifth-best mark in team history and he has scored 1,369 points in his career, ranking among the program's top-20 scorers.

Ball was selected as the NE10 Championship Most Valuable Player in 2016-17, guiding the Hawks to their first league title since the 2005-06 campaign after defeating the cross-town rival Penmen from Southern New Hampshire University.

An All-Rookie Team selection last year, Paul picked up Honorable Mention All-NE10 honors in only his second season on the Hilltop. Averaging a career-high 14.2 points per game through 27 games, Paul is shooting nearly 50% from the floor (145-292) while securing exactly six rebounds per contest, on average.

Paul ranks 14th in the NE10 with an 80.4% free throw percentage, getting to the line 110 times while making 89 of his shots from the charity stripe. He opened his season with double-digit point scoring totals in all but one of his first 11 games and has tallied at least double-digits in scoring in 21 contests.

He has started all 58 games in his career and joins Guers and Ball as the only three student-athletes on the roster to average north of 30 minutes played per game this season.