UNO’s Justin Simmons was named second-team All-Summit League and also made the league’s all-newcomer team, the league announced Thursday after voting by Summit coaches, sports information directors and selected members of the media.
South Dakota State’s Nate Wolters was named the league’s player of the year, while Oakland’s Duke Mondy earned newcomer of the year. Western Illinois’ Terell Parks was named defensive player of the year, and North Dakota State’s Mike Felt received sixth man of the year.
Simmons, a 6-foot-3 junior college transfer from Milwaukee, ranked fourth in the league with an average of 16.7 points per game and was even better in league play at 18.8 per game.
Wolters leads the league in scoring (22.8 points per game), assists (5.7) and assist-to-turnover ratio (2.5). He ranks fourth in the country in scoring average and collected a record seven league player of the week honors. He is on pace to become the first player in NCAA history to average 20 points, five assists and five rebounds per game in two seasons.
Mondy led the Summit in both assists (6.0) and steals (3.4) during league play in his first season after transferring from Providence. For the season, he ranks second in the country with 3.1 steals per game.
Parks is the second consecutive Western Illinois player to earn defensive player of the year after leading the Summit in defensive rebounds (7.9) and blocked shots (2.5) during league play.
Felt averaged 2.2 3-pointers per game, ninth best in the league.
Western Illinois’ Jim Molinari earned his second Summit coach of the year award after having received the honor while at Northern Illinois in 1990-91, during the league’s Mid-Continent Conference era. He guided the Leathernecks to a share of their second league title, and first since the league’s inaugural 1982-83 season, after being picked fourth in the preseason poll.
Joining Parks and Wolters as first team All-Summit selections are Oakland’s Travis Bader, the co-leader with 23.9 points per game in league play and the NCAA leader with 4.3 made 3s per game; North Dakota State’s Marshall Bjorklund, the league leader in field-goal percentage (.733 in league games); Western Illinois’ Ceola Clark III, who ranks among the league’s top six in seven categories; and Indiana-Purdue-Fort Wayne’s Frank Gaines, the league’s No. 3 scorer (19.5 in league games).
Joining Mondy and Simmons on a second team are North Dakota State teammates Lawrence Alexander and Taylor Braun and South Dakota State’s Jordan Dykstra.
Mondy and Simmons are joined on the all-newcomer team by IPFW’s Luis Jacobo, Western Illinois’ Adam Link and South Dakota’s Juevol Myles.
First team: Travis Bader, Oakland; Marshall Bjorklund, North Dakota State; Ceola Clark and Terell Parks, Western Illinois; Frank Gaines, IPFW; Nate Wolters, South Dakota State. Second team: Lawrence Alexander and Taylor Braun, North Dakota State; Jordan Dykstra, South Dakota State; Duke Mondy, Oakland; Justin Simmons, UNO. Honorable mention: Brandon Bos, South Dakota; Tony Fiegen, South Dakota State; Juevol Myles, South Dakota; Corey Petros, Oakland; Drew Valentine, Oakland. All-newcomer: Luis Jacobo, IPFW; Adam Link, Western Illinois; Duke Mondy, Oakland; Juevol Myles, South Dakota; Justin Simmons, UNO.
Player of the year: Nate Wolters, South Dakota State.
Newcomer of the year: Duke Mondy, Oakland.
Defensive player of the year: Terell Parks, Western Illinois.
Sixth man of the year: Mike Felt, North Dakota State.
Coach of the year: Jim Molinari, Western Illinois.