MEDFORD - Senior Luke Rogers (pictured, left) and junior Dylan Thoerner (pictured, right) of the Tufts University men's basketball team have been named to the D3hoops.com All-Region team, announced on Tuesday. Rogers was named to the first team while Thoerner earned third team All-Region recognition.
Tufts, Middlebury and St. Joseph (Conn.) are the only three teams with two players honored as All-Region.
Rogers is one of three NESCAC players to be named to the first team, earning the honors for the second time of his career after being named to the list for his performance during the 2019-20 season when he won NESCAC Player of the Year and was named as a D3hoops.com All-American. He finished the 2021-22 season playing 15 games and averaging a team-high 15.6 points and 10.9 rebounds, while shooting 52.9 percent from the field (90/170). In addition, Rogers led the team with 1.6 blocks per game and 1.0 steals per game, while also adding 1.5 assists per game. The 6'8" forward from Boxborough, Mass. was named to the NESCAC All-Conference first team and was most recently named a finalist for the 2022 Jostens Trophy, given to the most outstanding men's and women's Division III Players of the Year focusing on on-the-court ability as well as academic prowess and service to their community. He scored his 1,000th career point on January 14 and finished his career 16th on the Jumbos' all-time scoring list (1,187) and fourth in rebounds (845).
Thoerner had a breakout junior season in 2021-22, averaging the NESCAC's sixth-most points per game with 15.5, shooting 51.6 percent from the field (114/221). The 6'6" guard from Irvine, California is one of three NESCAC players on the All-Region third team after being named to the All-NESCAC first team on March 1. He added 1.4 assists per game and led the team in three-point field goal percentage, shooting 44.2 percent from beyond the arc (38/86). He scored a career-high 34 points on December 4 against Brandeis, finishing 8 for 14 from the field (57.1 percent), 2 for 5 from three-point range and 16 for 16 from the free throw line.
Both players helped lead the Jumbos to a 13-10 season overall and six consecutive wins at the end the regular-season to earn the NESCAC's second-best conference record (8-2) and the #2 seed in the conference tournament.
Written by Tim O'Brien, Athletic Communications Intern