Men’s Basketball | Palleschi, Anderson earn NESCAC honors
Published: Friday, March 1, 2013
Updated: Friday, March 1, 2013 01:03
Following their best season in nearly a decade, the men’s basketball team’s senior co−captain forward Scott Anderson and freshman center Tom Palleschi were honored with All−NESCAC team recognitions. Anderson was named to the All−NESCAC second team, while Palleschi was awarded NESCAC Rookie of the Year.
In his fourth season as a starter in coach Bob Sheldon’s lineup, Anderson was an all−around force for the Jumbos, averaging a career−high 12.8 points per game and 5.7 rebounds per game while shooting a remarkable 88 percent from the line. His versatility was crucial for Tufts all season, as his ability to play in the post, handle the ball and shoot from the perimeter allowed the Jumbos to do a variety of things on offense.
Anderson put together the best game of his career in a Feb. 2 matchup against Amherst, in which he led the Jumbos with 35 points and six rebounds as they hung tight with the eventual NESCAC champs.
Palleschi became the second consecutive Jumbo to take home NESCAC Rookie of the Year honors, following in the footsteps of sophomore guard Ben Ferris.
After starting the season on the bench, Palleschi emerged as a focal point for the Jumbos offensively, combining an effective post game with a strong midrange jump shot. Palleschi averaged double−digit points per game throughout the season and in the NESCAC. He also anchored the Jumbos’ defense, accumulating 1.7 blocks per game, the second−highest total in the NESCAC.