Buffalo, NY - Senior Jeremy VanDuluitgaarden (Verona, NY/Vernon-Verona-Sherrill) recently joined rarified air as he became just the fifth player in D'Youville men's basketball program history to join the 1,000-point club.
Jeremy scored his 1,000th point against Lewis & Clark on December, 12 with a made layup and free throw on his way to 21 points, his third game of scoring 21 or more points this season.
Beginning his freshman season, Jeremy has been a premier scorer for the Spartans. He began his career by averaging 9.6 PPG, third on the team overall. He also finished third with a 41.1 FG% and 35.0 three-point percentage on his way to being named the team's Most Improved Player.
From there, the 6-foot-6 guard has only gotten better. As a sophomore he averaged a then career high 14.6 PPG to lead the Spartans to go with a 44.2 FG%. He recorded 22 games of double-figure scoring, including 18 of the final 19 games. At the end of the season, Jeremy was named an Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC) Third Team All-Conference player and the team's Most Valuable Player.
In his junior season, Jeremy missed considerable time due to injury but he was still one of the premier players in the conference. He averaged 14.1 PPG, scored double-figures 13 times, and had three games of 20 or more points.
As a senior this year, VanDuluitgaarden has taken his game to another level. Jeremy currently averages a career high 18.6 PPG, has scored double-figures in eight of nine games, has already scored 20 or more points four times, recorded a career high 32 points, and leads the conference in scoring and is fourth in rebounding. His uptick in scoring and rebounding have come in part to his role as the team's inside presence. A typical permitter player, Jeremy has found himself in the paint a bulk of the time and has flourished in his new role.
In high school at Vernon-Verona-Sherrill, Jeremy played four years of basketball and played club basketball for the Syracuse Nets. As a member of the Vernon-Verona-Sherrill varsity boys basketball team, VanDuluitgaarden earned the honor of being named an Oneida County All-Star.
With 16 games to go in the regular season, Jeremy has plenty of opportunity to put himself at the top of the all-time scoring list. By averaging his current total of 18.6 PPG over the next 16 games, VanDuluitgaarden would score 297.6 points. Adding that to his current total of 1041, Jeremy would be second all-time in the program's NCAA history by just four points.
D'Youville will get back into conference play this Saturday, January 5 as they host the Penn State-Altoona Lions at 3:00pm in the College Center Gym.