KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Senior guard Tim Guers (Langhorne, Pa.) of the nationally-ranked Saint Anselm College men's basketball team is one of nine finalists for the 2019 Bevo Francis Award, issued annually to the student-athlete across all NCAA, NAIA and USCAA divisions who posts the "finest overall season" within small college basketball.
The winner will be selected on Monday, Apr. 8 and presented at the Small College Basketball National Awards Show in conjunction with the SCB Alumni Association's Celebration of the Game event at the Crowne Plaza in downtown Kansas City.
Guers earned All-America honors from the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC), the Division II Conference Commissioner's Association (D2CCA), the Division II Bulletin and the Basketball Timesin 2019. He was a key member of only the second Saint Anselm men's basketball team to appear in the Elite Eight.
He concluded a strong career in 2018-19 with the second Northeast-10 Conference Player of the Year award of his career. As a senior, Guers averaged 21.9 points, 7.5 rebounds and 5.5 assists across 31 games in 2018-19.
He propelled the Hawks to their first-ever victory in the Elite Eight, scoring 31 points against No. 5-ranked Nova Southeastern in the quarterfinals before pouring in 23 points against No. 1-ranked Northwest Missouri State, the eventual Division II champions, in the semifinals. He combined to post 12 rebounds and nine assists across the two games played at the Ford Center in Evansville.
Earlier in the NCAA Tournament, Guers was voted as the Most Outstanding Player of the 2019 NCAA Division II East Regional, helping the team to its second regional championship by averaging 17 points per game, falling just shy of a double-double with 9.7 rebounds per game and a team-best 17 assists.
He will graduate this spring as the program's all-time leader in point scoring (2,327), field goals made (799), defensive rebounds (657) and minutes played (4,388). He finishes his career as the third leading scorer in NE10 history, recently moving past James Hector of American International (1990-94) in the league's record book.
Guers stands as the only Hawks student-athlete ever to rank in the top-10 in career points (2,327), overall rebounds (808) and assists (521). He finishes ranked second in career free throws made (485), second in career games played (122), third all-time in career points per game (19.1), seventh in overall rebounding (808), seventh in assists (521), ninth in career three-point baskets (244) and 10th in blocked shots (56).
A complete list of the nine finalists for this year's Bevo Francis Award reads as follows.
- Aston Francis, Wheaton (Ill.)
- Jeff Garrett, LSU-Shreveport
- Guers, Saint Anselm
- Daulton Hommes, Point Loma
- Cameron Hunt, Southwestern
- Jonathan Lawton, Fla. Southern
- Sam Vander Sluis, Cornerstone
- Will Vorhees, Notre Dame (OH)
- Joey Witthus, Northwest Mo. St.