Rogers and Thoerner Earn Men's Basketball 1st Team All-NESCAC Honors

MEDFORD - Tufts University men's basketball senior Luke Rogers (pictured, left) and junior Dylan Thoerner (pictured, right) have earned New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) All-Conference honors for the 2021-22 season, both being named to the first team.

This marks the first time Tufts has placed two players on the All-Conference first team since NESCAC became a playing conference in 1999.

Rogers, a 6'8" forward and team tri-captain from Boxborough, Mass., has now earned first team All-NESCAC honors for the second consecutive season after a decorated 2019-20 season where he was named as the NESCAC Player of the Year. He finished the 2021-22 season averaging 15.6 points per game in addition to 10.9 rebounds per game and 1.6 blocks per game, all team-highs. Although he needed to play just one more game to officially make the NESCAC individual rankings, Rogers finished with the sixth-most points per game in the NESCAC, the fourth-most blocks per game and the second-most rebounds per game. On January 14, in a game at Hamilton College, Rogers scored his 1,000th career point for the Jumbos in a 22-point performance. He also had 32 points and 15 rebounds at Bates on January 22.

Thoerner is a 6'6" guard from Irvine, California who has now earned his first All-Conference honor after a breakout junior season where his 15.5 points per game was good for the sixth-best in the NESCAC. He also finished with a team-best 44.2-percent three-point field goal percentage, shooting 38 for 86 from beyond the arc. His 51.6 field goal percentage ranks as the sixth-best in the NESCAC and finished the year fourth in the conference in free throw percentage, shooting 86.5-percent from the line. He scored 34 points against Brandeis on December 4, shooting 8 for 14 (57.1%) and 2 for 5 (40%) from three, as well as making all 16 free throws.

As a team, the Jumbos went 13-10 overall on the season after losing five of their first six games, but found their groove, winning their last six-regular season games and earning an 8-2 NESCAC record to enter the NESCAC Tournament as the #2 seed. Head coach Brandon Linton's team narrowly missed an NCAA berth.

> 2022 NESCAC Men's Basketball All-Conference Awards

Written by Tim O'Brien, Athletic Communications Intern