With the conference tournaments right around the corner and big name players separating themselves for the National Player of the Year, it is easy to forget about the stars that make Division III basketball just as good as any other. In 2009, DeSales University guard Darnell Braswell was named as a First Team All-American. His stellar play in the 2009 NCAA Tournament led the Bulldogs to the Elite Eight and the best record in team history.
In the middle of Center Valley, PA, DeSales is one of the smaller schools in the Mid-Atlantic Conference, holding only around 2,000 students. Braswell, however, stands out among all of them. The guard is ready to be named back-to-back MAC Player of the Year and most likely, back-to-back Division III All-American. Braswell’s play this year has been even better than last season and he has the Bulldogs ready for their second MAC Championship.
The 6’2’’ senior guard averages over 20 points per game and leads his team in rebounding (8.2 per game), free throws made, minutes player per game and field goals made.
However, all statistics aside, there is no one who means more to the Bulldog program than Braswell. Not only has Braswell proved himself on the court, but does everything off the court to motivate his team to victory.
It is hard to tell just how good a Division III player is because the recognition is usually not garnered anywhere near the top Division I athletes. However, against all competition, Braswell has proved he not only belongs, but stands out as the best player on the court. The senior leader is having his best season in 2010 and is ready to bring the Bulldogs back to the NCAA Tournament.
Whether it was his game tying shot against Widener or his critical three to send the game to overtime at Kings College, Braswell has shined game after game for the Bulldogs.
Now, as DeSales’ leading scorer of all time, Braswell is ready to set his sights high for his future. Braswell hopes to make a professional team overseas and shouldn’t have a problem, as he is one of the hardest working, determined players not only in Division III, but in the entire NCAA.
Whether Division I or Division III, Braswell is a player that deserves respect from everyone.
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