posted April 6, 2007

Stephen Cramer Named Basketball All-American

HOLLAND -- Hope College senior guard Stephen Cramer of Akron, Mich. (Unionville-Sebewaing HS) has been named a Division III basketball All-American by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC).

One of 24 players honored, Cramer was named to the All-America third team.

Hope's leading scorer each of the last three seasons, Cramer was voted the most valuable player in the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) as the Flying Dutchmen won the conference championship and advanced to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Division III tournament.  During his four seasons on the varsity Hope posted a 90-25 record.

Cramer came into his own during Hope's tournament run averaging 27.5 points per game.  For the season he averaged 17.0 points a game shooting 53% from the floor and 80% on free throws.

The senior co-captain ended 12th on the all-time Hope scoring list with 1,455 points.  He ended in Hope's top ten listing in five statisitical categories -- field goals (#10, 543), three-pointers (#3, 143), assists (#9 178); blocks (#9, 49) and steals (#10, 114).

He earlier was named an All-American by the website d3hoops.com.

The NABC has honored Division III players since 1983.  Cramer is the third Hope player to be honored joining Chip Henry (1984) and Joel Holstege (1998).