Nighthawks Climb To Third In NJCAA Poll

Nakavieon White celebrates on court.The National Park College (NPC) Nighthawk men’s basketball team ascended the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division 2 rankings for the fifth-consecutive week, placing third in Monday’s poll.

Amid its program-best 11-0 start to the season, NPC currently ranks among the top 10 teams in the nation in points scored, field goal percentage, assists and steals. Since the beginning of the season, the Nighthawks have held national rankings of 20th, 11th, 7th and 5th before climbing two spots this week—receiving two first place votes in the process.

Sophomore forward Nakavieon White (Odessa, Texas) leads the Nighthawks in scoring with 18.5 points per game while also serving as the team’s leader in field goals, free throws, rebounds, assists and blocks. Individually, White ranks in the top 10, nationally, in assists and defensive rebounds.

“It’s great to see the continued rise to No. 3,” NPC Athletic Director Rich Thompson said. “Each week, they continue breaking the record of highest ranking of any program at NPC. We have a big weekend ahead of us in The Kettle and we hope to finish 2023 on an even higher note.”

Nighthawk men’s basketball will host the third annual Nighthawk Holiday Classic December 15-16 in Hot Springs. The Nighthawks face Allen County Community College Friday, December 15 at 7 p.m. and play host to Kansas City Kansas Community College Saturday, December 16 at 2 p.m. All Nighthawk Holiday Classic games will be streamed live on the Nighthawk Network.

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