CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Joe Chatman (Boston, Mass.) became the third Lesley men's basketball player to be named to the NAC's First Team All-Conference Team. James Parker (Sandwich, Mass.) will be joining Chatman as Parker was named to the NAC's All-Conference Honorable Mention Team. This is the second straight year that two Lynx players were recognized by the NAC and received All-Conference Honors.
Chatman, a transfer from Franklin Pierce College, is in his first season in the NAC and quickly took the conference by storm. The junior guard finished the season in the NAC ranked 4th in scoring, 4th in assists, 1st in steals, 9th in three-point field goal percentage, and 4th in assist-turnover ratio. Chatman's most impressive statistic this year was his free-throw shooting. Chatman finished the season ranked 1st nationally in all of men's division III basketball in free-throw shooting. Chatman also ranked 22nd nationally in steals and 53rd in assists per game.
In conference games, the criteria for all-conference voting, Chatman finished averaging 17.5 points per game, the third most in Lesley basketball history. Chatman ended the season with 75 assists and 36 steals in league play. Beyond the impressive statistics Chatman was the anchor of the Lynx team that went 13-12 overall during the regular season and 9-6 in conference play, earning the number three seed in the NAC West.
Parker who has been a part of Lesley basketball from the very beginning will leave the court as Lesley's all-time leading scorer. The three-point specialist had quite a season and was recognized with conference accolades for the first time in his career. Parker's most memorable performance came against the western division leading Elms College when he set a school record with eight three-pointers and went for a game high 30 points to help the Lynx upset Elms.
Parker finished the season ranked in the NAC 24th in scoring, 20th in rebounding, 2nd in steals, 3rd in three-point field goal percentage, and 1st in three-pointers made. Parker was also nationally ranked 34th in three-point field goals per game, 29th in three-point field goal percentage, and 24th in steals per game.
In conference games Parker averaged 13.1 points, 4.3 rebounds,
3.2 steals and 2.13 assists per game. In those 15 conference
games Parker buried 45 three-points while shooting 42.5% from
deep. Parker was also third on the team in free-throw
shooting as he was 18-22 (81.8%) from the charity stripe.
For more information on Chatman or Parker or to learn more about Lesley's exciting run through the NAC Tournament please visit their website.