INDIANOLA, Iowa — Simpson men's basketball player Sam Amsbaugh has been named the U.S. Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) Division III National Player of the Week for the period ending Dec. 4 after a monster week. He also landed on a spot on the D3hoops.com Team of the Week and was named Iowa Conference Player of the Week.
A junior from Sheffield, Iowa, Amsbaugh averaged 33 points and nine rebounds while shooting better than 71 percent from the field. He posted two double-doubles as the Storm (5-2) went 2-1 on the week.
Amsbaugh began the week with a memorable 40-point, 11-rebound performance in the Storm's 82-66 win over Saint Mary's (Minn.) on Monday. He followed that up with another double-double, going for 38 points and 12 rebounds in a 112-104 loss to Grinnell on Tuesday. In Saturday's IIAC opener, Amsbaugh scored a game-high 21 points on 7 of 9 shooting as the Storm beat previously unbeaten Wartburg 81-68.
Amsbaugh's 40 points against Saint Mary's were the most by a Simpson player in more than a decade and was the 10th, 40-point performance in school history. He becomes the first Simpson player to earn a spot on the D3hoops.com Team of the Week since Tim Dunlay on Feb. 16, 2010.