Nebraska Wesleyan University had three players recognized by the Great Plains Athletic Conference on Wednesday (Feb. 29) when the 2011-12 Men’s Basketball All-GPAC team’s were announced. Senior point guard Nick Dinan, sophomore forward Trevor Johnson and sophomore guard Eric Jackson were all three named All-GPAC honorable mention.
Dinan (Omaha, Neb.) was named All-GPAC honorable mention for the third consecutive season after earning the same honor as a sophomore and junior. This season he was third on the team in scoring and rebounding averaging 7.8 points and 3.8 rebounds. He led the team with 57 steals to rank second in the GPAC in steals. His 57 steals were the third highest single season total in NWU history and he now holds three of the top 10 single season steal marks. The Omaha Gross H.S., product finished his career with 179 steals to rank second on the NWU all-time charts. Dinan played in 103 games in his four-year career, starting 86 consecutive games at point guard for the Prairie Wolves.
Johnson (Lincoln, Neb.) earns his first All-Conference recognition during his sophomore season. Johnson was second on the team in scoring at 11.4 points per game, while leading the team in rebounding (4.8 rpg) and field goal percentage (.526). The Lincoln Pius X graduate scored in double figures in 19 of 26 games and was the team’s leading scorer in eight games. He started all 26 games at forward for the Prairie Wolves, and has now started 36 straight games.
Jackson (Lincoln, Neb.) was the team’s leading scorer and also earned his first All-GPAC honor. Jackson averaged 11.5 points per game and led the Prairie Wolves with 58 made 3-pointers. He finished third in the GPAC in made 3-pointers per game. The Lincoln Southeast product scored in double figures in 14 games during the 2011-12 season, scoring over 20 points in five games. He had a career-high 29 points in a upset victory over GPAC Champion Dordt College.
Jake Shipley from Briar Cliff was named the Hauff Mid-America Sports/GPAC Player-of-the Year to headline the All-GPAC team. Kyle Lindbergh from Dordt was the Defensive Players-of-the-Year, Jalen Voss from Dakota Wesleyan and Joel Haywood from Concordia were the co-Freshmen-of-the-Year and Ross Douma from Dordt was the Coach-of-the-Year.
Nebraska Wesleyan finished the 2011-12 season with a 12-14 overall record and a 8-12 mark in the GPAC to finish sixth in the league standings. The sixth place finish in the GPAC was the highest finish since the 2004-05 season. NWU also made their first appearance in the GPAC Postseason Tournament falling in the quarterfinals to 3rd-seeded Briar Cliff on Feb. 22.