Trine Men’s Basketball Midseason Awards

Photo by: Erik Schnarr

Photo by: Erik Schnarr

The men’s team got off to a great start in non-conference play with and is 2nd in the conference after even after falling to #21 Calvin this weekend in a tough game, 56-43. A little after the halfway point, Trine has posted an 11-6 record and is on pace for a 17-9 record, two games better than they finished in Coach Brooks Miller’s first season. Let’s take a look at some of the highlights:

MVP: Ian Jackson (21.4 points, 3.6 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 47.5% FG, 1.7 Turnovers)

Jackson, a senior guard, has taken his game up a notch this season, with improving in nearly every major category (points, rebounds, assists, field goal percentage, turnovers) while playing nearly identical minutes from last year. Averaging 17 shots a game, he carries the load offensively and has done so in an incredibly efficient manner. His game is balanced out as the third leading rebounder on the team and is second in assists next to backcourt mate Dustin Hall. A two time all-MIAA conference selection, there is no reason indicating he won’t be receiving his third when all is said and done.

Photo by: Erik Schnarr

Photo by: Erik Schnarr

 

 

Most Improved Player: Dustin Hall (3.4 points, 3.6 rebounds, 4.1 assists, 1.6 steals, 3.1 AST/TO Ratio)

Hall, a sophomore guard, has started all 17 games this season, something only Scott Rogers has done. While his shooting percentages are down from the year before, every other category has seen a jump. Producing at a slightly higher level per minute even with a significant hike in them (24 vs. 15 minutes last year), his assists have almost tripled (4.1 vs. 1.4), steals (he already has as many as last year, 25) and rebounds up by 1.5 (3.6 vs. 2.1). Having obviously gained the trust of Coach Miller and the seasoning of a year at the college level, Hall has been the “glue guy” for the team this season.

Photo by: Erik Schnarr

Photo by: Erik Schnarr

 

 

 

Rookie of the Year: Jared Holmquist (8.2 points, 5.4 rebounds, 0.63 Blocks, 54% FG, 78% Free Throw)

Holmquist, a freshman forward/center, has been the best of this freshman class and has been a key replacement for the departed Tim Pearcy. Doing his part to help clean up the boards, he ranks second in rebounding on the team behind 2012 All-MIAA selection Scott Rogers. He is the team’s third leading scoring and his done a great job of hitting his freebies, especially for a big man. He is going to be one of the enjoyable reasons to watch the team after the graduation of Ian Jackson and Scott Rogers at the end of this year.

Game of the Year (so far): Trine Beats Kalamazoo, 67-64, 1/3/2013

Their MIAA opener was significant for several reasons. First, it was a milestone in senior guard Ian Jackson’s career, as he scored his 1,500th point.  Jackson finished with a season high 37 points (14-26) to go with a team high seven rebounds and three assists on the night. Second was the game itself: In a tougher than expected affair, the 7-4 Thunder as a team continually had to fight to put away a feisty 3-9 Kalamazoo team that stormed back from a 12 point deficit to take the lead in the second half. Despite the Hornets closing within one again late in the late, they survived the final minutes of the game due to a tenacious team defense against the Hornets.

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