WAYNE – The Wayne State College men’s basketball team secured their fifth home win and a sophomore standout has earned his second conference award of the season.
Jordan Janssen has now recorded eight double-doubles in 11 games this season for the Wildcat men as the Lincoln East high school grad was tabbed with the NSIC South Division Player of the Week honor. Janssen also won this award two weeks ago on November 24.
The 6’7 Wildcat averaged a double-double with 22.5 points and 17.5 rebounds per game over the weekend in Wildcat home wins over Upper Iowa and Winona State. He produced 17 points and grabbed 21 rebounds Friday in an 88-69 win over the Peacocks and followed that performance with 28 points and 14 rebounds in Saturday’s 70-63 victory against Winona State.
Janssen’s 21 rebounds against Upper Iowa Friday night was tied for fifth-most by a Wildcat in a single game and were the most rebounds in a game since David Allen grabbed 21 boards vs. Northwest Missouri State on February 15, 1993.
For the weekend, Janssen shot 60.9 percent (14-23) from the field and 94.4 percent (17-18) at the free throw line while also averaging 4.5 assists and 3.5 blocked shots per game.
This season, Janssen leads Wayne State in scoring (18.7) and rebounding (11.8), leading the NSIC in rebounding while ranking fifth in scoring. He also sits sixth in the NSIC in blocked shots per game (1.5), ninth in assists (3.5) and field goal percentage (.523) and tops the league in made free throws with 70.
Last season, Janssen tallied 10 double-doubles and he has now recorded eight after just over a month of competition.
The Wayne State College men are 5-6 on the season and 2-1 in the NSIC entering this weekend’s road trip to Bemidji State Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Minnesota Crookston Saturday at 5:30 p.m. The Wildcat women will play at 5:30 p.m. Friday and 3:30 p.m. Saturday. Coverage of Wildcat basketball will be carried on Big Red Country ‘KTCH’ 104.9 and waynedailynews.com with the pregame show set for 5 p.m. Friday and 3 p.m. Saturday.
The NSIC North Division POW went to senior forward Brandon Meyer from Minnesota Duluth for his second time receiving the award (11/12).
On the women’s side, the North Division honoree was senior forward Megan Hints from MSU Moorhead (third time receiving this award, 11/12 & 11/19) and the South Division award went to grad-forward Jacey Huinker from Sioux Falls.