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In his freshman season at Webster University, Stefan Whittingham played in only 15 of 27 games and averaged 9.1 minutes per game. As a role player, he recorded 3.8 points per game and 1.3 rebounds per game.
In his sophomore season, Whittingham became the go-to player for an underclassmen-heavy Gorloks’ team that won a second straight St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference regular-season championship.
Whittingham averaged team highs in minutes (33.5), points (15.5) and rebounds (8.2) this past season for Webster (13-13 overall, 13-3 SLIAC). He started all 26 of the Gorloks’ games and shot 49 percent from the field. Whittingham said he didn’t expect to have such a good season.
“Pretty much, I was just coming in there looking to win and play my role,” Whittingham said. “I didn’t know what my role was going to be because it was pretty much a brand new team.”
For his efforts, Whittingham was named the SLIAC Player of the Year. The National Association of Basketball Coaches then named him to the Division III Midwest All-District second team on March 13.
And later in March, DIII News — the monthly newsletter of Division-III men’s basketball — chose Whittingham as an All-American honorable mention. He was the first Webster men’s basketball player since 2001 to earn the distinction.
Runner-up: Isaac Behme, baseball