The Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference has announced its all-conference team in men’s basketball, and University of Wisconsin-Superior senior forward Ben Aalfs was named first team All-WIAC.
Aalfs, from Hutchinson, Minn., enjoyed a breakout season, leading the Yellowjackets with 401 points for a per-game average of 15.4 points, helping them to a 14-12 record and a sixth-place finish in the WIAC. They were chosen to place seventh in the WIAC pre-season poll.
In addition to scoring, Aalfs was also among the team leaders in rebounds (136), assists (57), blocks (11) and steals (20).
“Ben had a tremendous year and played extremely well for us all season long. He was a big reason why we were so competitive in the WIAC,” UWS coach Matt Siverling said. “We are very proud of his accomplishments and are excited that he has been recognized as one of the best players in the conference.”
Aalfs also had a flair for the dramatic, leading the Yellowjackets to a pair of wins by sinking shots at the buzzer. He hit a 3-pointer as time expired against UW-River Falls on Jan. 18 and performed the feat again against UW-Whitewater on Feb. 11.
Other WIAC honors went to senior Dustin Richie (Superior), Brendan Bauer (Eleva, Wis.) and sophomore Bronson Byrne (Chanhassen, Minn./Chaska), who all received WIAC Honorable Mention.
Ritchie was the UWS member of the WIAC All-Sportsmanship Team.
“Coming into the year I don’t think people expected a lot out of us because of the five seniors we lost last year,” Siverling said.
“As a team we had high expectations and these four players helped us play to the level we did. I think we’ve put ourselves in a position to start building something special here. Our two seniors this year were a big part of that and it is up to the returners to continue the work that they’ve done.”