February 19, 2013

Kates Earns Academic All-America Recognition

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Senior Mitchell Kates (Colts Neck, N.J.) had another honor added to his basketball resume today when the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) announced the 2012-13 Capital One Academic All-America Division III Men's and Women's Basketball Teams. Kates, the only player from the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) named to the honor, was selected to the second team. Kates is the eighth player in the history of MIT men's basketball to receive Academic All-America honors.

Kates turned in another outstanding season for MIT in his senior campaign. The team leader in assists and steals, he leads the NEWMAC in steals per game (2.4 spg) and is second in the league in assists per game (4.8 apg) and has set school career records in each of those categories. He is currently second on the team with his 15.0 scoring average and leads the team with his 83.0 shooting percentage from the free throw line. Nationally Kates ranks among the top-50 players in Division III in assists and steals.

A preseason All-America selection, Kates was a fourth team All-American after his junior campaign when he averaged 14.2 points, 5.4 assists and 2.3 steals to help lead MIT it its first ever NCAA Final Four appearance. A three-time All-NEWMAC selection, Kates carries a 3.52 (4.0 scale) GPA as an Electrical Engineering and Computer Science major at MIT.