CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – After a record-setting campaign, in which they established a new Institute standard with 22 wins, the MIT men’s basketball team continued to accumulate individual awards this week, as Noel Hollingsworth and Mitchell Kates were honored for their outstanding seasons. Hollingsworth was named to the All-Region First Team by both D3Hoops.com and the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) while Kates was the D3Hoops Northeast Rookie of the Year.
Hollingsworth garnered regional accolades after being named the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Player of the Year last month. The sophomore became the fourth MIT player named to the First Team All-Region by D3Hoops in the past five years, joining Jimmy Bartolotta (2008, 2009) and Mike D’Auria (2006). Hollingsworth averaged a team and NEWMAC-high 20.4 points and 9.0 rebounds per game. He also paced the league in field goal percentage and double-doubles while ranking third in blocked shots and fifth in minutes played. Hollingsworth tallied at least 30 points in five games this season, including a career-high 37 against Babson in January, the single highest scoring total in the NEWMAC on the season.
Hollingsworth was one of two sophomores on the D3Hoops First Team, along with James Wang of Williams. The other First Team picks were Wang’s teammate Blake Schultz, Gordon senior Aaron Trigg and Adam Choice of Colby. Jeffrey Robinson (Second Team) of WPI and Clark senior Mark Alexander (Third Team) were also selected from the NEWMAC.
Also the NEWMAC Rookie of the Year and Second Team All-Conference selection, Kates started every game at point guard for the Engineers as a freshman, averaging 13.2 points, 4.1 assists and a league-leading 2.1 steals per contest. Kates led all NEWMAC freshmen in scoring, field goal percentage, assists and minutes played.
The Engineers fantastic season came to an end at 22-5 after a hard-fought, overtime loss to DeSales University, 72-64, in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament. The Cardinal and Gray won its first ever NEWMAC regular season Championship and rose as high as No. 8 in the National Rankings.