Thompson & Kizel Earn First-Team All-NESCAC Honors - Thompson Is Defensive Player Of The Year

February 27, 2013

Middlebury College men’s basketball players Nolan Thompson (Akron, Ohio) and Joey Kizel (Short Hills, N.J.) have both been selected as first-team All-NESCAC honorees. Thompson was also the fourth Panther in five years to be named the league's Defensive Player of the Year. The duo have helped lead the team to a 22-3 mark this season, as they prepare to host Curry in an NCAA first-round game on Saturday night at 7:00 p.m.

Thompson has been a defensive stalwart throughout his four seasons at Middlebury. The Panther senior has consistently shut down his opponent on the defensive side of the floor. He is third on the team with 12.5 points/game, while tying for the team-lead with 5.3 rebounds/contest. Thompson shoots 50% from the floor and became a 1,000-point scorer earlier this season. He netted a career-high 27 points in a 1/14/11 win over Tufts, while scoring 20 or more points three times this season.

Kizel is now a two-time first-team All-NESCAC selection who is three points shy of 1,000. He is second on the squad with 14.0 points/contest, while his 5.0 assists/game are second on the team and fifth in the NESCAC. Kizel paces the squad and is second in the league with 1.8 steals/game, while shooting 48.9% from the floor. On six different occasions he scored 19 or more points in a game this season, going 4-5 from three-point range in a win at Colby. He has knocked down 11 from behind the arc in his last three games. Kizel owns a career-high 30 points in a 2/12/13 game vs. Amherst, while dishing out a career-best 10 assists on 1/4/11 vs. Plattsburgh.