Middlebury

Kizel Named District I Academic All-American

February 6, 2014

Middlebury College men’s basketball student-athlete Joey Kizel (Short Hills, N.J.) has been named a District I Academic All-American by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). The senior majors in economics and boasts a 3.47 GPA. He will now be placed on the national ballot for voting to be conducted later this month.

This season through 20 games, Kizel leads the team and ranks second in the NESCAC at 5.8 assists per game and third in steals with 39, including a career-high six against Stevenson on November 22nd. The three-year starter dished out a career-best 12 helpers on January 23rd against St. Joseph’s.

Kizel is averaging career-bests in points per game (15.7) and rebounds per contest (4.5). He has posted double-figure point totals in 16 of 20 games this winter, and he has eclipsed the 20-point barrier six times.

Over his decorated career, the two-time All-NESCAC honoree continues to etch his name in the Panther record books. Earlier this season, Kizel moved into the No. 6 spot on the all-time scoring list. He has amassed 1,375 points, needing just 36 points to tie former All-American Ryan Sharry ’12 for fifth with 1,411. With his seven free throws Tuesday in the win over Keene State, Kizel moved into second place in the laurels with 407 made, surpassing the total of 405 by Alfred Dennis ’55. He will likely graduate as the program’s all-time leader in three-point field goal percentage (.427), free throw percentage (.822) and he ranks second in assists (456) and will likely vault  into the top-five in steals (126).