Tuesday, April 27, 2010

2010 Player Highlights: Mitchell Kates

It is not often that a true freshman is asked to be the on court leader of a team, but that is exactly what Coach Larry Anderson asked of Mitchell Kates this past season. With the graduation of point guard Bradley Gampel, during which Gampel set all-time MIT marks for assists and steals, and MIT all-time leading scorer and national Player of the Year, Jimmy Bartolotta, there were a lot of unanswered questions for the young Engineers entering the season. However, the team did not miss a beat in the early season and shot up to as high as a #8 national ranking, with Kates at the helm. In addition to the many intangibles he brings to the court, Kates put up exceptional numbers, averaging 13.2 points per game, 4.2 assists per game, and 2.1 steals per game, as well as leading the team in minutes played at 33.0 per game. For his efforts, Kates was named an All-NEWMAC performer (2nd-team), the NEWMAC Rookie of the Year, and the Northeast Region Rookie of the Year (by D3hoops.com).

As in previous weeks, there are both abbreviated and extended highlight clips provided.

Extended Highlights

Abbreviated Highlights