Myer named NSIC player of the year

He was second in scoring with an average of 24.7 points per game.

Brandon Myer

Minnesota-Duluth senior Brandon Myer was named NSIC player of the year, the league announced Thursday.

Myer, a 6-foot-8-inch forward from Superior, was second in conference games scoring 24.7 points per game and he was third in rebounding at 9.4 per game. He ranked fourth with a 54.4 shooting percentage, 11th in blocked shots at 1.0 per game and third in steals at 1.6 per game.

Myer passed Jay Guidinger as the Bulldogs’ all-time leading scorer last weekend and now has more than 2,000 career points (the first Bulldog to eclipse 2,000 points).

On the season overall, Myer ranked 17th in the D-II landscape in scoring with 23.5 points per game; 21st in D-II with 9.6 rebounds per game; and 11th in total rebounds with 269. He ranked ninth with 163 free throws made on the season and eighth in total points with 657.

UMD freshman guard Drew Blair, of Stevens Point, was named to the NSIC Second Team after having quite the impact his first season, averaging 16.2 points while shooting 42.7 percent from 3-point range and 88.8 percent from the free-throw line.


Teammate Alex Illikainen, a senior forward from Grand Rapids, earned honorable mention honors after averaging 13.4 points and 6.7 rebounds per game in his one season with the Bulldogs after transferring from Wisconsin.

UMD (21-8) plays Winona State (18-11) at 8 p.m. Saturday in the NSIC tournament quarterfinals at the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, S.D. A win would not only bolster the Bulldogs' case for making their first NCAA Division II tournament since 2003, 22 wins would be their most since posting a 23-9 record under Dale Race in 1991-92.

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