Ain’t Braggin’ if’n you can do it, Part IV

Hirsh Selected to DIII All-Star Game, All-Region Team

Hirsh Selected to DIII All-Star Game, All-Region Team

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Berry College’s Elijah Hirsh continues to make Vikings hoops history. The senior became the first Viking to be selected to the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Reese’s Division III College All-Star game and the D3hoops.com All-Region list, announced earlier this week.

The Reese’s Division III College All-Star game will be played on Saturday, March 16, at 4:30 p.m. (EDT), prior to the NCAA Division III championship game at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne, Indiana.  The teams are composed of two senior student-athletes from each of the eight regions in Division III, two seniors selected by online voting on D3hoops.com and two senior at-large selections.

The game features a pair of outstanding former coaches who have both been recipients of the NABC Division III Distinguished Service Award – former Ohio Northern coach Joe Campoli and former Elizabethtown coach Bob Schlosser. Hirsh will compete on Team Schlosser.

He was also selected to the D3hoops.com All-Region third team and is one of just two men’s basketball players from the Southern Athletic Association (SAA) to earn All-Region honors.

Hirsh became the first Berry men’s basketball player to earn the SAA Player of the Year award after a dominant season. The Vikings finished the year 19-7 overall and 11-3 in conference play. The season was the best in the team’s NCAA Division III era by far and tied the program’s best record since the 2008-09 season. Berry’s 11 wins in conference play nearly doubled the previous season-high of six set during the 2016-17 season.

Hirsh, a senior from Woodstock, Ga., earned his second straight All-SAA first-team nod. He ranked second in the SAA with 17.5 points per game and led the league with 9.2 rebounds per contest. He was also second in the SAA with 49 blocks on the year. His 455 points and 240 rebounds this year puts him third in Berry’s NCAA DIII era record book for points and boards in a single season. Hirsh closed the season with 11 double-doubles.