The 2017-18 D3 Men's Basketball season has arrived at the NCAA Tournament, and that means it is time to reflect on the best of the season. Today, we turn our attention to the best players from the year, and try to figure out which one was truly the MVP of D3.
Eight Player 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 8 at 12 PM PT.
Let the voting begin!
*Statistics current through games completed by 3/1/18
Spencer Levi, Dallas
Key Stats: 19.0 PPG / 11.3 RPG / 70.2 FG%
A standout freshman for the Crusaders, Levi has come in and completely changed the landscape of D3 with his stellar play. This young stud has superstar potential all over him, and he may have already reached it in year one by leading all freshmen in scoring and rebounding.
Key Stats: 32.7 PPG / 4.9 APG
The leading scorer in D3, Curta has been an absolute force when the ball is in his hands. With eight contests of 40 or more points and two of which he scored at least 51, this junior invokes fear in every opponent on how to limit him, cause clearly there is no stopping this superstar.
Key Stats: 21.6 PPG / 15.1 RPG / 51.1 FG%
The nation's leading rebounder by a margin of just three boards, Monroe has been a dominant force for the Cavs after posting a HERO All-American season a year ago. His ability to combine scoring with rebounding improved Cabrini's record by five wins, and sits them squarely as a contender in the Tournament.
Key Stats: 12.3 PPG / 6.2 RPG / 8.8 APG
If anyone at the D3 level can produce the way some NBA stars can at the point guard spot and fill up stat-sheets, Porrett is the guy to fill the bill. With four double-doubles and a triple-double on the year, this junior proved to be an all-around talent that Elmira will be depending on as a senior leader next season.
Key Stats: 26.5 PPG / 15.0 RPG / 24 Dbl-dbl's
With a nation-leading 24 double-doubles this season, Walters has been a nearly unstoppable force from multiple facets of the floor. For his senior season, this Hartford native raised his scoring by six points per game, and rebounds by roughly three a night. That is the true testament of a player who hit is potential.
Key Stats: 10.0 PPG / 4.5 APG / 5.19 SPG
The best defender arguably among all players in the NCAA, Cheek leads all levels of play in steals per game. Starting every game as a freshman, Cheek has poured on near double-digits every night and dishes the ball well to his teammates. For a first-year player, this kid certainly took the spotlight and ran with it.
Key Stats: 21.0 PPG / 5.4 RPG / 44.1 3PT%
Leading Yeshiva to their first appearance in the NCAA Tournament, Halpert capitalized off a Rookie of The Year performance in the Skyline to become one of it's best players. A shooting threat from all over the court, his three-point percentage placed him in the top 30 of D3. While he may not be a household name, he helped create history for a team that has become a national story.
Key Stats: 30.6 PPG / 4.6 RPG
Feehan had a phenomenal freshman year, and raised his game even higher as a second-year star. His PPG jumped by eight points a night, and he finished as the second-leading scorer in the country. As Eureka heads into the NCAA Tournament, Feehan will be a player to monitor as one who could win a game all by himself.