BEAVERTON, Ore. -- Off a career year, Lewis & Clark graduated senior Ayisat Afolabi has been named a finalist for the Ad Rutschman Small College Athlete of the Year, which is awarded annually at the Oregon Sports Awards. This year's awards show will be on June 18 at the Tiger Woods Center at Nike World Headquarters.
Afolabi received D3hoops.com All-America recognition following this past season to go with All-West Region First-Team and All-Northwest Conference First-Team honors. She led the NWC in rebounding by nearly two full rebounds per game and was second in scoring. The West Hills, Calif. native also surpassed 1,000 career points in the 2016-17 season.
For more than 60 years, the Oregon Sports Awards have honored outstanding achievements by Oregon preps, collegians, amateurs, pros, teams and coaches, as today's standouts grab a piece of our state's rich sports history and share it with yesterday's stars. ESPN's Neil Everett, an Oregon native, will serve as the master of ceremonies at the awards show this year.
Lewis & Clark's Alex Jones of men's basketball could also leave the show with a yearly award. Jones was named a Winter Collegiate Play It Forward Award winner and is eligible to be named Play It Forward Athlete of the Year.
Afolabi was named NWC Student-Athlete of the Week three times last season and scored a career-high 30 points in her final game, a NWC tournament semifinal loss to Puget Sound. She is one of 11 Pioneers women's basketball student-athletes to score 30 points in a game, and her career total of 784 rebounds ranks third all-time for Lewis & Clark behind Kathy Gibson (1990-94) and Alicia Provost (1978-82).