WATERVILLE, Maine – After scoring in double figures in each of Castleton University's first two North Atlantic Conference games of the season, freshman Nathaniel Kingsley has been named the NAC Men's Basketball Rookie of the Week, announced Monday by the league office.
Last Tuesday at Johnson State, he scored a season-high 15 points on 6-for-10 shooting from the field, including 3-for-4 from behind the three-point line, plus he collected three rebounds, one assist, and one steal. All three of Kingsley's three-pointers came in the first half as Castleton established an early lead.
Based in part off that performance, Kingsley earned his first career start Saturday against New England College, hitting two three-pointers on his way to a 10-point performance in Castleton's 92-85 victory. After collecting 12 rebounds in the first six games of the year, he pulled down a season-high eight rebounds against the Pilgrims, helping the Spartans establish a 52-36 rebounding advantage in the game.
Kingsley is now first among the nine Castleton newcomers in scoring, averaging eight points per game as he has reached double figures in three of the last four Spartan contests. He is the first Spartan men's basketball player to receive a NAC weekly honor this season.
Castleton (3-4, 1-1 NAC) looks to get back to .500 overall when it travels to face Colby-Sawyer Tuesday, Dec. 5, at 7:30 p.m. The Spartans then welcome Maine Maritime Friday, Dec. 8, and Husson Saturday, Dec. 9, for two more home conference games before the end of the fall semester.