BENNINGTON, Vt. - Southern Vermont College men's basketball co-captain Nick Harrington scored his 1,000th point as a Mountaineer Thursday, Dec. 6, in a road game at Elms College - it came on a foul shot when he admits he closed his eyes before the shot.
"I didn't really want to set it (the record) on a foul shot, so I told the guys I was going to close my eyes and if I made it, I made it," said Harrington. "I made it."
The 6-foot-7, 220-pound senior forward from Brooklyn, N.Y., actually scored 34 points and grabbed 16 rebounds against Elms and has been almost an automatic double-double the last two years as his rebounding prowess has been as much a part of his game as his gliding moves to the basket and his resounding dunks.
"Nick is an exceptional talent," said Mountaineers head coach Michael McDonough, who has coached Nick for three of his four years at Southern Vermont College. "His numbers speak to that fact. More important, he is a great teammate, a true leader and a good person. I have never known a single individual on whom Nick has not made a positive impression. Opposing coaches especially speak in unison of their respect for Nick. We are very fortunate that Nick Harrington is a Mountaineer, both as student and player."
It is the second consecutive year that a Mountaineer has attained the milestone as last year guard Chris Matte (Class of 2007) did the same.
"It is a big accomplishment for me personally. I came here from a high school where I played a lot but did not come near to getting 1,000. But coming here and getting 1,000, with this I leave a legacy here at SVC," said Harrington. "It was big record for me to set, to have played here for so long and have my name on the list (of 1,000 point scorers) along with my friend Chris Matte."
Through the first eight games this season, Harrington is averaging 22.4 points and 12.6 rebounds per game - averaging a double-double - and he also has 17 steals, nine blocked shots and is averaging about two assists per game.
Last year, as a junior, Harrington led the entire NCAA Division III in rebounding with a 13.5 per game average. In addition to his rebounding, he was also in the top 50 nationally in scoring with an even 20.0 points per game average. He had 16 double-double games, including nine in a row to end the season. He had 37 steals and 23 blocks on the season. With the team playing an independent schedule with only four homes games, he was named an Association of Division III Independents (AD3I) First Team All-Star (second in Player-of-the-Year voting), Player-of-the-Week three times and Player-of-the-Month for January 2007.
Harrington has not developed late as a scorer and rebounder, either. As a freshman he averaged 10.4 points and 9.2 rebounds per game, and as a sophomore he upped his averages to 13.7 points and 10.5 rebounds.
"Nick has been playing well since he arrived at SVC his first year," said Southern Vermont College athletic director Benjamin Kozik. "However, what impresses me most about Nick is his character - something that we preach here in our athletic department. He conducts himself very well both on and off the court, and there is no doubt that he will continue to achieve at a high level even when his collegiate days are over."
Harrington will complete his degree in Business Administration in the spring and says he plans to take a shot at pro ball in Europe.
"I'm a hard worker, I am eager to play and to win, and make my team better," said Harrington. "I am hoping to continue playing somewhere."
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