Walsh University sophomore Chandler Vaudrin, a former standout at Lake High School, is emerging as one of the country’s top Division II basketball players.

The 6-foot-7, 200-pound guard recently was added to the watch list for the 2018 Bevo Francis Award, which consists of 50 of the top men’s basketball players in the country who play for an NCAA Division II and III, NAIA Division I and II, USCAA or NCCAA team.

Vaudrin set a program record with four triple-doubles this year, which is top in the country regardless of division or association.

Vaudrin leads the Great Midwest Athletic Conference in seven categories: assists per game (7.7), defensive rebounds per game (9.4), double-doubles (15), field goal percentage (56.6 percent), steals per game (2.3), total assists (184) and total steals (50).

“The process of selecting 50 players from all of small college basketball, over 1,100 schools, has been incredibly challenging,” Small College Basketball founder John McCarthy said in a release.

Last week, Vaudrin was named Player of the Week in the G-MAC for the third time this season. In a 102-68 win over Kentucky Wesleyan, Vaudrin posted a triple-double of 14 points, 10 rebounds and a conference-record 16 assists in 32 minutes.

Vaudrin was a rebound short in a nine-point win over Trevecca Nazarene of having two triple-doubles in a week. He finished with 10 points, 10 assists, nine rebounds and three steals.

The Cavaliers (19-7, 14-6) won five of their final six regular-season games, and will play in the G-MAC Tournament beginning March 1.

Spotleson steps up

Malone College senior Mitchell Spotleson, another former Lake standout, is averaging 12 points per game for the Pioneers.

Spotleson has come on strong down the stretch, scoring 14 or more points in six of his last 12 games, including games of 25 and 20. He’s also had eight or more rebounds five times in that stretch. The Pioneers (19-8, 12-7) have lost just twice in their past 12 games.

McVey sets ONU mark

Ohio Northern junior Ian McVey recently broke the school record in the 3,000 meters at the Ohio State Tune Up Meet.

The former Stow star won the event in 8.25.84 — in the top 25 nationally.

Brennan honored

Baldwin Wallace sophomore distance runner Kelly Brennan (Walsh Jesuit) was named Ohio Athletic Conference track athlete of the week.

Brennan, who was named All-OAC last year as a freshman, helped the Yellow Jackets to a third-place finish at the OAC North Split Meet by winning the 1,600 (5:08.38) and 3,000 (10:33.35) and anchoring the winning 1,600 relay team (4:14.53).

Sayre swims to success

College of Wooster swimmer Michelle Sayre (North Canton Hoover) posted several great times at the recent NCAC Swimming Championships, which is considered one of the top Division III swim meets in the country.

Sayre’s best performance came in the 100 backstroke, in which the freshman standout won the consolation final for 10th place with a time of 58.71, the fourth-fastest in school history. She also added a 16th-place finish in the 100 IM (1:05.42) and an 18th in the 200 backstroke (2:15.12).

— Curtis Duffield