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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Josh Jefferson
MATTOON--Four Lake Land College Lakers currently hold NJCAA Men's Basketball Division I Top-100 Rankings, two of those rankings right at the 100th slot and with the best at 9th.

Josh Jefferson, freshman, (New Albany, IN; New Albany High School) holds no less than five national rankings in the Top-100, his highest at Top-10 ranking in free throw percentage, currently in the 9th slot nationally, shooting free throws at 89.9%.

Jefferson's next best ranking is 61st in three-point shooting percentage at 46.2%. Jefferson holds a couple rankings of 97th, one for his 33 total steals, the other for scoring a total of 301 points. Coming in right at the 100th level is Jefferson's 16.7 points per game average.

William Tinsley
Sophomore, William Tinsley (Colfax, IL; Ridgeview High School), is ranked 41st nationally with 31 blocked shots. Tinsley narrowly misses a Top-10 ranking in free throw percentage. His 90.9% would rank him 7th, however, does not meet the NJCAA's minimum free throw attempts requirement. An unusual requirement, to be sure, that rewards some free throw shooters for "getting to the line" rather than their skills at actually shooting free throws. Every player is ranked under the same rule, however.

Tinsley's rise in blocked shots is a recent accomplishment. Having only blocked three shots all last season, Tinsley has only had four games thus far this season where hasn't blocked a shot. The sophomore from Colfax has at least one blocked shot in each of his last 11 games, his latest effort on Jan. 21 finding Tinsley setting a personal collegiate high with seven rejections. Tinsley has notched 24 blocked shots in those last 11 games to average a little over two blocks per game.

Josh Robinson
Freshman, Josh Robinson (Normal, IL; Normal West High School), hits the ceiling of the Top-100, with a 100th ranking in total assists with 78.

Robinson's skills as the main point guard and playmaker for the Lakers has set up numerous scoring attempts for his teammates. Only twice in his initial 18 games for Lake Land has Robinson failed to earn an assist. His 4.3 assists per game average gives the Lakers the consistency needed to progress as the season goes on. Robinson had a double-double in November with 12 points and 10 assists, the latter double-digit marking Robinson's collegiate career high in the assists department.

DeTaveon Day
Another freshman, DeTaveon Day (Cadiz, KY; Trigg County High School), earns a national ranking of 63rd with 55 total offensive rebounds.

Day's proportion of offensive rebounds to defensive rebounds is much higher than most players, his 3.1 offensive rebounds per game nearly matching his 3.9 defensive rebounds per game.

The freshman out of Kentucky has notched double-figure rebounding four times thus far this season with 13, 10, 10, and 12. In his latest game, 10 of Day's dozen pull-downs with offensive, a game which found him marking a double-double by canning 17 points (his collegiate career scoring high to date).

The best national rankings for the Lakers as a team are:
  • 13th ... blocked shots per game at 5.8
  • 15th ... free throw shooting percentage at 73.5
  • 19th ... three point shooting percentage at 40.1

 
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