Mar. 24, 2017

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Chase Baysdell K’17 earns All-MIAA second team after a strong season for the Hornets

Baysdell Earns MIAA Honors

Baysdell surrounded by his teammates as he is announced as a starter in the final home game of the season (Herbert Todd)
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Do-it-all player Chase Baysdell K’17 was announced as a member of the All-MIAA men’s basketball second team last week. The honor came after a season where Baysdell put up quality numbers in several statistical categories including points, rebounding and assists.

“Chase has short legs, but he’s extremely athletic,” said teammate Josh Miller K’17. “And he has the strongest post game in the league.”

His post game was very effective in his scoring throughout the season, averaging 15.0 points per game. He also scored in double figures in 20 of the 25 games this season and reached his career high point total this season, scoring 27 points against Schreiner in December.

“Chase made a lot of solid plays this season, and his consistency makes it hard to pick one individual standout play,” said teammate Josh Whitney K’17.

His consistency was very evident in his diversity of statistical success. He finished in the top seven in the MIAA in scoring, rebounding and assists this season.

“He’s a very good actor; he’s good at drawing fouls. And he also is seen as a super intimidating presence by the rest of the league,” Miller said. His teammates obviously appreciate his statistics, but his contribution to team morale is easily just as big.

“Off the court Chase makes sure we all have fun together, that all the guys get together on the weekends and really get to spend fun quality time with each other,” Whitney said. This is often why the basketball guys can be seen travelling together around campus or out to Roadhouse together for chicken finger night on Tuesday nights.

This is Baysdell’s first time being honored by the MIAA, and he’s the first player to be chosen as an all MIAA team member since Adam Peters K’15 was second team and Mark Ghafari K’14 was first team both in the 2013-14 season.

Baysdell will enjoy a peaceful offseason now where he can focus on academics, his Senior Individualized Project, and preparing for next season. His teammates are looking forward to some spring cafeteria meals with Baysdell where, according to Whitney, he will enjoy some of his favorite meals like spinach and croutons, noodles and ketchup, pork chops and lots of liquids.

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