Lanesboro's Ruud repeats as SEC Player of the Year
Wednesday, March 12, 2014 5:15 AM
Lanesboro's Kole Ruud has been named SEC Player of the Year for a second straight season, while teammate Luke Rogers also made the All-SEC first team. In addition, Burro Liam Dorn has earned honorable mention on the conference's list of basketball excellence.
Kole Ruud was named SEC Player of the Year.
Statistics used for All-SEC honors refer to conference games only.
Six-foot senior guard Ruud totaled more treys (71) than any other SEC player. He also had the top scoring average, at 26.2 per conference game. Ruud's 89 free throws were third-highest in the SEC.
Senior forward Rogers had the fourth-highest (18.7 points per game) scoring average, and hit an outstanding 43 percent from beyond the arc.
Junior forward Dorn averaged 5.6 points, 8.2 rebounds per game. He hit 45 percent from the field.
Other first-teamers included Spring Grove's Chase Grinde and teammate Alex Engelhardt. The Lions also placed Brady Schuttemeier on the second team.
Grinde had the third-highest scoring average (20.7 ppg). He averaged 4.8 rebounds per conference match, along with 2.7 assists and 3.3 steals. That steal average was third-highest in the conference. His successful three-point total was 59 (third-highest), and made free throws total (75), fourth-best.
Engelhardt made All-Conference for a second year. He was fourth in assists (4.1 apg), while scoring 14.9 points, 6.1 rebounds, and 2.4 steals per contest. Schuttemeier averaged 12.1 points, 8.9 rebounds, and 2.6 steals per game. He canned 57 percent of his shots from the field.
Hope Lutheran placed 6-0 senior guard Jason Klug on the first team, and 6-4 junior forward Andrew Fratzke on the second. Klug was second in scoring (23.0 ppg), third in rebounding (10.4 rpg), and second in made free throws (91). His steals total was the best in the conference for the second straight year, (4.1 per game). Fratzke averaged 16.7 ppg, 11.7 rpg, and sank 24 triples in conference games. He led the conference in blocked shots, with 3.2 per contest.
Trenton Bleifus of Grand Meadow rounded out the first team. He was fifth in scoring (18.6 ppg), and second in steals (3.6 spg).
Mabel-Canton's Noah Manning made the second team, his second All-SEC award in as many years. Manning averaged 10.6 points, 6.3 rebounds, 3.3 assists, and 2.2 steals per game.
Zach Sanger of Schaeffer Academy joined Manning on the second team with 18.2 points per game, 4.5 rebounds. He totaled 63 triples, second only to Ruud.
Lyle/Pacelli's Jordan Hart won honorable mention last year, and second team this season. He averaged 15.5 ppg, 4.5 rpg.
Zach Royston of LeRoy-Ostrander rounds out the second team with 14.9 ppg, 10.6 rpg, and a 70 percent free throw average. It's the second straight year the senior forward earned all-conference honors. He was the third-best player at blocking shots, averaging 2.0 per contest.
The honorable mention list also included second appearances by SA's Joe Vaughn, L-O's Nate Bunne, M-C's Justin Ward, and Houston's Sam Ross. They were joined by Landon Jacobson of GM, Derek Van Ryswyk of Glenville-Emmons, Noah Jiskra of L/P, Dustin Vickerman of Spring Grove, and Morgan Rusert of Hope.
A few of their achievements include a conference-best 98 made free throws by Bunne, 2.4 blocked shots per game by Van Ryswyk (second highest), and 3.4 steals per game by Ward (third-best), while Jacobson lifted 3.1 per game (fifth-best). Van Ryswyk also tied Vaughn for fourth-best on the boards, catching 9.2 rebounds per game.