March 3, 2014
EASTON, Pa. – Junior guard Seth Hinrichs and freshman point guard Nick Lindner have been chosen to the All-Patriot League Third and Rookie Teams, respectively, it was announced Monday. Lindner was also selected as the Patriot League’s Men’s Basketball Rookie of the Week for the fifth time this season.
Hinrichs earns his third All-Patriot League nod after being selected to the Second Team a year ago and was an All-Rookie choice during his freshman campaign. Hinrichs was limited to 19 games in 2013-14 because of a left knee injury and missed 11 games from mid December through late January, including the Leopards’ first eight Patriot League contests. His return to the starting lineup during the second half of conference play ignited a turnaround in Lafayette’s season. The Leopards went 6-3 with Hinrichs in the starting five after opening the League season with an 0-9 mark.
For the year, Hinrichs led Lafayette in scoring (16.7 ppg) and rebounding (5.9 rpg) and posted career-highs in both categories. Hinrichs scored 28 points in back-to-back games against Yale (11/26) and Penn (11/30) and finished the regular season with 14 career 20-point games. In Lafayette’s victory over Lehigh, Hinrichs hauled in a career-high 13 rebounds to help Lafayette win the battle on the boards (34-29) and the game, 77-71. In Lafayette’s first-ever victory at Sojka Pavilion, Hinrichs posted his third-career double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds in the 66-58 win over Bucknell. The Minnesota native was also recognized for his work in the classroom, when he was one of three Patriot League student-athletes selected to the 2013-14 Capital One Academic All-District II First Team. Hinrichs carries a 3.35 grade-point average as an Economics major.
Hinrichs became the 39th player in Lafayette history to reach the 1,000 point milestone with his 13-point effort in the Leopards’ blowout win over Loyola (61-44) on Feb. 12. In addition to joining the club, he was the eighth player to eclipse 1,000 points during his junior season. Hinrichs completed the regular season with 1,067 points, good for 32nd place on the all-time scoring list.
With big shoes to fill following the graduation of 2012-13 First Team All-Patriot League point guard Tony Johnson ’13, Lindner stepped into the starting lineup and immediately found success. In Lafayette’s opening night loss at Villanova, Lindner scored eight points, handed out seven assists, grabbed four rebounds and had a steal in 33 minutes. His seven assists were the most for a Lafayette freshman in his debut under Fran O’Hanlon. He became the first freshman point guard to start his career at that position since Tim Bieg ’01 did it in 1997.
Lindner was one of two players to play in all 29 games, while leading the squad and all Patriot League rookies in assists (4.0 apg). His 116 total assists are 19th on Lafayette’s single-season assists list, and are the most for a freshman in one season in Lafayette history. Lindner finished fifth on the team in scoring at 10.9 points per game and second among conference rookies in that category (Tim Kempton, Lehigh).
A Government & Law major, Lindner was selected as the Patriot League’s Rookie of the Week five times, including the final two weeks of the regular season. His five rookie honors were tied with Kempton for the most in the conference, and the most recent came after averaging 20 points on 68 percent shooting from the field and five assists in two road games against Colgate and Army. Lindner matched his career-high with 24 points against the Raiders on an 11-for-15 effort from the field, before adding 16 in the regular-season finale at Army. His 24-point output equaled his total in Lafayette’s win at Sacred Heart (Dec. 7), and was the highest total for a Lafayette rookie since Brian Ehlers ’00 had 23 against Navy on March 2, 1997.
Lindner’s five Rookie of the Week awards is the most since Hinrichs was recognized six times during his freshman year.