Nebraska Wesleyan University had three players recognized by the Great Plains Athletic Conference on Wednesday (March 3) when the 2009-10 All-GPAC Men’s Basketball team was announced. Sophomore guard Nick Dinan, junior center Jim Lance and senior forward Ryan Thramer all were named All-GPAC honorable mention.
This marks the first time since the 2000-01 season that Nebraska Wesleyan had three players earn All-Conference recognition.
Dinan (Omaha, Neb) finished second on the team in scoring at 10.2 points per game. He was the team leader in steals with 50 to rank fifth in the GPAC in that category. Dinan started all 25 games at point guard as a sophomore and led the team in minutes averaging 31.4 per game. The Omaha Gross H.S., graduate reached double figures in 15 games on the season. He scored a career-high 23 points in NWU’s upset win over then-#8 Briar Cliff on Jan. 30.
Lance (Nebraska City, Neb.) was the team’s leading scorer and rebounder during the 2009-10 season. He averaged 10.3 points and 4.9 rebounds to lead the team in both categories. He also led the team in field goal percentage (.568) and free throw percentage (.770). During GPAC play, Lance shot 61.5 percent from the field to lead the entire conference in that category. Early in the season, Lance had a streak of 24 consecutive made free throws that covered seven games. The Nebraska City Lourdes H.S., product had scored just five points in his career during his first two years before taking over as starting center this season.
Thramer (Ewing, Neb.) closed out his career as the team’s third leading scorer and tied for the team lead in rebounds averaging 9.2 points and 4.9 rebounds. Thramer was a four-year starter for the Prairie Wolves and played in 97 games. The Ewing H.S., graduate started 91 consecutive games to close out his career. He finished with 806 points and 448 career rebounds. As a senior, Thramer reached double figures in 11 games with a season-high 21 points in a win over Dana on Dec. 2.
Darrin Dorsey from Dakota Wesleyan was named the Hauff Mid-America Sports/GPAC Player-of-the Year to headline the All-GPAC team. Jeremiah Slough from Hastings and Dorsey were the Co-Defensive Players-of-the-Year, Daniel Van Kalsbeek from Northwestern was the Freshman-of-the-Year and Lance Creech from Hastings was the Coach-of-the-Year.
Nebraska Wesleyan finished the 2009-10 season with a 10-15 overall record and a 8-10 mark in the GPAC to finish in eighth place in the league standings. The eight conference wins were the most for Nebraska Wesleyan since the 2004-05 season.
Complete All-GPAC Team (PDF)