|Sophomore Guard Eric Gillespie.|
Men’s Basketball Team’s Gillespie Named First Team NJCAA All-American
The Triton College men’s basketball team recently concluded
its best season in program history with a 34-3 record and a national runner-up
finish at the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division II
tournament. One of the catalysts behind the Trojans record-breaking season was
guard Eric Gillespie.
The sophomore out of Warren Township High School was the
glue that held the team together on both ends of the floor. Gillespie’s speed
and play-making ability earned him several awards. On April 6, Gillespie
received the ultimate individual honor as he was named a NJCAA Division II
first team All-American.
Gillespie becomes the 218th NJCAA All-American in
Triton’s history and the ninth student-athlete representing the men’s
basketball program. Bryant Orange, who was a part of the Trojans third place
team at nationals in 2011 was the last men’s basketball player to earn the
“Being named first team
All-American is really a blessing for me,” Gillespie said. “I feel like it’s
more than an individual award because my teammates and coaches have pushed me
all season as well as my family.”
During the season, Gillespie led Triton in scoring,
averaging 14.7 points per game, while starting 34 of the team’s 37 games.
Gillespie tallied at least 20 points 10 times, including a season-high 32
points last December vs. McHenry County College.
The All-American selection capped a year that saw Gillespie
named Region IV all-region first team, North Central Community College
Conference (N4C) Most Valuable Player and first team. In addition, Gillespie
was voted to the all-tournament teams at both the Region IV and NJCAA National
very proud of the hard work put in and sacrifices made by Eric Gillespie,” said
Trojans head coach Steve Christiansen.“ He has been a pleasure to coach and
during his two seasons at Triton has helped raise our program to even greater
heights. He is very deserving of all the accolades he has received, including
NJCAA first team All-American.”
Gillespie, a sports management major, will graduate with his
Associate in Arts from Triton in May. He will continue his athletic and
academic career at NCAA Division II St. Joseph’s College in Rensselaer, Ind.
For more information on Triton College Athletics, contact
Triton College Athletic Director Harry McGinnis at (708) 456‐0300,
Ext. 3784, or visit www.triton.edu/athletics.