STEUBENVILLE, Ohio – Franciscan University of Steubenville’s Baron Basketball standout throughout 2011-12 was freshman Nolan Albrecht. The Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference took notice of his performance and named him Co-Newcomer of the Year.
“It was a well-deserved honor for Nolan to get this award. He worked exceedingly hard all season and he is going to continue to play a vital role in our program,” said head coach John Lamanna. “Nolan is the future of our program. We’re going to continue to highlight him and use him on both sides of the basketball.”
Albrecht shares the honor with Medaille College’s Sean Bellomo. Medaille finished the season 17-1 in conference.
Albrecht led the Barons in every statistical category except for two—in those he ranked second. He averaged 15.4 points per game, placing him ninth in the AMCC, and 7.4 rebounds per game, ranking him seventh. He also averaged two steals a game, third-best in the AMCC.
“This year Nolan grew into his role through his ability to score and to rebound the basketball,” Lamanna added.
Albrecht, who battled injuries throughout the season, saved his best performance for last. He recorded a double-double with 26 points and 12 rebounds against D’Youville College in a season-ending loss.
To go along with points, rebounds, and steals, Albrecht was also in the top 15 in four other conference categories. Per game he averaged: 0.8 blocks (ninth in the AMCC); 34.2 minutes (third), 71 percent shooting from the foul line (13th), and 34 percent shooting from the 3-point range (15th).
“This is only the beginning for Nolan as he continues to develop,” Lamanna said, “and I am looking forward to seeing the end product.”