Following a season in which they helped lead the Buena Vista men’s basketball team to its first Iowa Conference regular season title since the 2008-09 season, senior Wes Nordquist (Adel, Iowa/ADM) and sophomore Cole Darrow (Glenwood, Iowa/Glenwood) have each been selected to this year’s All-Iowa Conference Men’s Basketball Team. Nordquist lands a spot on the First Team with Darrow on Second Team. Senior Troy Ticknor (Adel, Iowa/ADM) was named an Honorable Mention selection.
During IIAC play this season, Nordquist was one of just two players in the league to average a double-double for the year, ranking second in scoring (16.6ppg) and tied for tops in rebounding at 10.4rpg. He finished the year with seven double-doubles in 14 league contests. He was also sixth in field goal percentage (55.6 percent) and 10th in assists (32). Overall, he averaged right at 17.0ppg and 10.3rpg for the year. His 21 rebounds in the conference-opener versus Simpson were also a league-best for the season.
He ends his stellar career ranked fifth on the program’s all-time scoring list with 1,583 career points and second in rebounds with 884 and in blocked shots with 93. His 54.2 percent field goal percentage is also seventh-best all-time. He’s also the program’s first three-time First Team all-conference performer since Eric Wiebers (2002-05), who was First Team twice and MVP once.
Darrow earned recognition for the first time in his career after finishing second on the team and 10th in the league in scoring (12.4ppg) during IIAC play. He turned in his only double-double, scoring 19 points and grabbing 14 rebounds in a home game against Wartburg. He was one of just three underclassmen to land a spot on the all-conference team this season.
Ticknor, meanwhile, returned to the floor for his final campaign after missing all of last year with an ACL injury. A Second Team All-IIAC selection in 2010-11, he was once again among the league-leaders in three-point shooting. Against conference foes this season, he ranked fourth with 28 made buckets, while shooting nearly 38 percent. He made at least one in all but one league contest for the year and had five games of at least three long-range makes. He finished the year with 56 triples overall – the 16th-most for a single-season in school history.
BVU, which now has 11 IIAC titles, finished the season at 19-7 overall (11-3 IIAC). The team has also had at least two all-conference performers (First or Second Team) in five straight seasons.
Luther’s Tyler Wedemeier was named this year’s Iowa Conference Most Valuable Player with teammate John Androus earning Defensive Player of the Year honors. Luther head coach Mark Franzen was also named the league’s Coach of the Year.
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