The 2017-18 D3 Men's Basketball has quickly come towards its regular season close, and that means it is time to honor the best players, coaches, and teams of the year.
Eight Newcomers of the Year candidates have been decided upon for you to narrow down to the best one for the season. Each player has had phenomenal seasons in many different ways.
The vote comes down to you, the fans. The ONLY way to vote is the poll below. The poll closes March 2 at 9 AM PT.
Let the voting begin!
*Statistics current through games completed by 2/22/18
Spencer Levi, UDallas
Key Stats: 19.0 PPG / 11.5 RPG / 70.8 FG%
Levi is arguably the most dominant freshman scorer in recent memory for D3 hoops, pouring on just under 20 points per night. A native of St. Louis, Levi has scored in single digits just twice this season and both times had nine points in those games.
Aaron Johnson-Chavis, Neumann
Key Stats: 14.9 PPG / 10.0 RPG / 2.8 BPG
Johnson-Chavis is another premier rebounder among first-year players, averaging a clean 10 per game. Throughout the year, he has grabbed down 15 or more boards five times, including a season high 20 against Keystone.
Calvin Cheek, New England College
Key Stats: 10.1 PPG / 5.28 SPG
Cheek is the best defensive thief not only for freshmen, but in the entire country. His 5.28 steals per contest are tops in all levels of NCAA Men's Basketball competition, and falls just a steal shy per night of the single-season D3 record. Twice has cheek recorded double-digit steals in a game in 2017-18.
Jackson Sartain, John Carroll
Key Stats: 11.2 PPG / 47.0 3PT%
Sartain is the top freshman shooter from deep, hitting on 47 percent of his shots from beyond the arc. Starting his college career with a bang, the Medina, Ohio native poured on 27 in his college debut off 7-11 from deep. His best game came against Heidelberg where he hit 88 percent from deep on 8-9 shooting.
EJ Day, Western New England
Key Stats: 11.7 PPG / 1.2 APG / 87.8 FT%
Day is the top freshman from the charity stripe thus far, connecting on 65-74 at the line. A key sixth man for the Golden Bears, Day just started his first game this last week but has hit double-digit scoring totals in 16 of 25 contests with a season high of 28.
Cameron Wilson, Cazenovia
Key Stats: 4.0 PPG / 5.3 RPG / 4.35 BPG
Wilson is the second-best shot-blocker in all of the NCAA with his over four per game, and sits just under .3 from the top blocker from Marshall University. Having never broken double-figures in scoring and topping out at a season-high of eight rebounds, is it too far out of question to state Wilson as D3's version of former NBA star Ben Wallace?
Craig McGee, Rose-Hulman
Key Stats: 14.5 PPG / 5.4 RPG / 5.7 APG
McGee is just a freshman, but controls the floor as well as some seniors with his ability to get the ball to his teammates. At 5.7 assists per contest, McGee tops all first-year players in the nation and is one-of-three freshmen to top five assists per game.
Jack Davidson, Wabash
Key Stats: 18.2 PPG / 4.7 RPG / 44.6 3PT%
Davidson is the second-best scorer among freshmen in D3 and just eight-tenths behind fellow nominee Spencer Levi of Dallas. A consistent threat from deep, the Indiana native has connected on 58 of 130 attempts from behind the line. The future of D3 is in good hands with consistent scorers such as Davidson.