Wayne State College landed three players on the 2019 NSIC All-Conference Men’s Basketball Team announced by the league office in Burnsville, Minnesota Thursday morning. Three Wildcat seniors received honors – Kendall Jacks First Team All-NSIC, Trevin Joseph Second Team All-NSIC and Vance Janssen Honorable Mention All-NSIC.
Jacks, a 6-4 guard/forward from Bettendorf, Iowa (Bettendorf HS), was a First Team All-NSIC honoree after averaging 15.9 points and 5.0 rebounds per game this season. He ranks 15th in the league in scoring, seventh in free throw percentage (.830) and 10th in field goal percentage (.541) while scoring double figures in 28 of 29 games this season.
A steady scorer for the Wildcats this season, Jacks had five games of 20 or more points and currently ranks third in all-time scoring at WSC with 1,590 points. He recorded a season-best 25 points at Sioux Falls (1/4/19) and had a 23-point outing at Minot State (2/2/19).
In NSIC games this season, Jacks produced 16.7 points and 5.3 rebounds per game while shooting 54.3 percent from the field and 83.1 percent at the charity stripe scoring double digits in 21 of 22 league games. It’s third time that Jacks has earned All-NSIC honors, named Honorable Mention last season and Second Team as a sophomore.
Joseph, a 6-3 senior guard from Miami, Florida (Broward College), collected Second Team All-NSIC accolades after leading the Wildcats in scoring this season at 16.6 points a contest. He ranked 12th in the NSIC in scoring and is 10th in 3-point field goals per game (2.3).
Joseph had 24 games scoring double digits that included nine contests of 20 or more points and two that were over 30 points this season. He scored a career-best 35 points at Sioux Falls (1/4/19) and had 31 at Northern State (1/19/19).
In NSIC games, Joseph averaged 16.5 points and 2.5 rebounds per game.
Janssen, a 6-2 senior point guard from Blair (Blair HS), earned Honorable Mention recognition after averaging 12.1 points and 3.0 assists per game this season. He ranked second in the NSIC in steals per game (1.4), tied for 10th in free throw percentage (.819) and was 12th in assist/turnover ratio (1.7).
Janssen accounted for 21 games of double figure scoring this season, led by a career-best 25 points at Winona State (12/8/18) followed by 21 vs the Warriors again in Wayne (1/11/19). He currently ranks 21st in all-time scoring at WSC with 1,132 points, is second in career steals (161) and sixth in career assists (281).
In 22 NSIC games this season, Janssen averaged 12.4 points, 3.4 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game while scoring double digits in 16 league contests.
Wayne State is now 20-9 on the season following Wednesday evening’s 84-62 win over the University of Mary in the opening round of the NSIC/Sanford Health Men’s Basketball Tournament. It marks the first 20-win season for the Wildcats since the 1999-2000 season (26-6 in Greg McDermott’s final year). The Wildcats now face St. Cloud State Sunday evening at 8 p.m. in the NSIC/Sanford Health Tournament quarterfinals at the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls.
Wayne State College sophomore forward Erin Norling was voted to the 2019 NSIC All-Conference Women’s Basketball First Team announced Thursday morning by the league office in Burnsville, Minnesota.
Norling, a 5-11 sophomore forward from Loretto, Minnesota (Delano HS), led Wayne State in scoring this season averaging 15.2 points per game to go with 5.5 rebounds a contest. She ranked eighth in the NSIC in scoring, third in minutes played per game (34.3), tied for eighth in steals per game (1.7), 14th in assists (2.8) and 15th in free throw percentage (.783/101-129).
Norling recorded double figures in 27 of 29 games this season and had three double-doubles. She scored a season-high 21 points vs. Northwest Missouri State (11/9/18), produced 16 point, 10 rebound double-doubles vs. Truman State (11/16/18) and vs. Minnesota State (1/26/19) and had 14 points and 10 rebounds vs. Southwest Minnesota State (2/22/19).
In NSIC games (22) this season, Norling accounted for 15.0 points and 4.9 rebounds per contest, recording 10 or more points in 21 of 22 games during conference play.
Wayne State is 15-14 on the season following Wednesday night’s 54-52 NSIC/Sanford Health Women’s Basketball Tournament win at the University of Mary. The Wildcats now face Sioux Falls Saturday at 2:30 p.m. in the NSIC/Sanford Health Tournament quarterfinals at the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls.