Bugarinovic, Hammer and Nelson Honored by NABC and D3hoops
BALTIMORE, MD - The Johns Hopkins men's basketball team garnered All-Middle Atlantic accolades from both the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) and D3hoops.com this week. Senior forward George Bugarinovic and senior guard Jimmy Hammer were named all-region to cap outstanding senior campaigns, while head coach Bill Nelson was named the coach of the year by the two organizations.
Nelson adds his second and third coach of the year honors for this season as he was previously named the Centennial Conference Coach of the Year. This is the second time in his career that he has been named Middle Atlantic Coach of the Year by NABC. In his 29th season at Homewood, Nelson led Johns Hopkins to one of the finest seasons in program history as the Blue Jays turned in a 25-5 record and advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16. The 25 wins are a school record, as are the 16 conference wins and the team's 17-game win streak. Hopkins was ranked as high as 10th nationally, the highest ranking in program history. In his 35th season as a head coach, Nelson is 577-343 (.627) overall, including a 472-279 (.628) mark at Hopkins.
Hammer earned First Team All-Middle Atlantic honors from the NABC and second team honors from D3hoops. He led the Blue Jays with 15.5 points per game and ranked second with 2.9 assists per game. The program's all-time three-point shooter, Hammer nailed a school-record 78 treys this season, including six in his final game. He holds school records for career three-point field goals made (248) and attempted (625) and ranks in the top 15 in program history in 10 additional categories. Hammer became the program's 16th 1,000-point scorer on December 6 - the same date that Bugarinovic reached the milestone. He finished his career with 1,348 career points, seventh best in JHU history.
Bugarinovic, who was recently named the winner of the prestigious Jostens Trophy, earned Second Team All-Middle Atlantic honors from both the NABC and D3hoops. He led the team with 7.4 rebounds per game and ranked second with 13.6 points per contest on 54.5 percent shooting. Bugarinovic led the team in steals (43) and ranked third in assists (58) and blocks (26). He posted seven double-doubles this season and finished with 21 in his career. He averaged 12.1 points for his career and reached double figures 77 times (in 110 games). Bugarinovic finished his career with 1,331 points as he and Hammer were the first pair of classmates to each eclipse the 1,300-point mark. They are also the second highest scoring pair of classmates in program history with 2,679 total points. He ranks in the top five in school history in points, field goals (516), rebounds (751) and steals (124) and ranks in the top 10 in nine other categories.