WAYNE – A trio of Wayne State College men’s basketball players were recently acknowledged with NABC Honors Court and Team Academic Excellence awards.
According to a release from Wayne State Athletics and per the National Association of Basketball Coaches office in Kansas City, Missouri, the three student-athletes are Ben Dentlinger, Nate Thayer and Jordan Janssen.
This is also the third year that the Wildcat men’s basketball team received the Team Academic Excellence Award for maintaining a 3.16 cumulative team grade point average this season. WSC was one of 10 teams from the NSIC to earn the award, which is given to teams that achieve a grade point average of 3.0 or better.
Wayne State also had three upperclassmen players awarded NABC Honors Court recognition, given to players that are juniors, seniors and graduate students that maintain a 3.2 grade point average or higher.
Dentlinger, from New London, Iowa, posted a 3.648 grade point average majoring in pre-vet. He averaged 6.3 points and 4.8 rebounds per game last season while ranking second in the NSIC with 45 blocked shots.
Thayer, from Springfield (Platteview HS), recorded a 3.538 grade point average majoring in accounting and finance while averaging 1.1 points per contest.
Janssen, a junior from Lincoln (East HS), posted a 3.486 grade point average majoring in finance and economics. He earned All-NSIC Second Team honors this season averaging 15.4 points and 7.1 rebounds per contest.
The Wayne State College men’s basketball team finished the 2021-22 season with a record of 14-12 overall and third place in the NSIC South Division with an 11-9 league mark.