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DWU's Voss earns third-team All-American honors

Dominance in the post has become a calling card for Dakota Wesleyan University men’s basketball player Jalen Voss.

Now the junior is dominating the postseason awards circuit. After earning first-team All-Great Plains Athletic Conference honors a few weeks ago, it was announced Wednesday that Voss was tabbed as a third-team All-American.

“I am pretty excited about it,” Voss said. “I talked to coach Wilber and he said with the way our season went it could happen. I am pretty honored to be named an All-American, this is a pretty elite status to be a part of.”

The 6-foot-7 forward averaged 20.9 points and 7.4 rebounds per game this season and was second in the GPAC in both categories. The DWU big man scored 649 points this season and grabbed 229 rebounds. Voss was the Tigers’ leading scorer and helped Wesleyan finish 18-14, including an upset win over No. 10 Midland in the GPAC tournament. Voss scored 20 points 20 times for the Tigers this season, went for 30 points three times and recorded nine double-doubles. Along with Voss, the Tigers return their entire core, with no graduating seniors on the roster.

“When I wasn’t working or sleeping I was in the gym practicing,” Voss said of his offseason workouts. “When coach Wilber was hired, I was one of the only guys, who wasn’t from Mitchell who stayed here over the summer. Being here and being able to work out every day really helped my game a lot.”

Voss earned first-team All-GPAC honors and All-American honorable mention recognition last season after averaging 14.2 points and 9.9 rebounds per game. He is the 10th player in DWU men’s basketball history to earn two or more All-American accolades. The last player to do so was Brady Wiebe, who was named All-American three straight years from 2009 to 2011. Heading into his final year as a Tiger, Voss sits 23rd on the Tigers’ all-time scoring list with 1,321 points. He has 687 career rebounds and 113 blocks to go along with a career scoring average of 14.8 points per game, which is tied for 22nd in school history.

“It is pretty cool to be a two-time All-American, but I am not done,” Voss said. “I have one more year, so I don’t know If I should be classified with the greats because I have a ways to go.”

Like most basketball players, Voss had to deal with the nicks and bruises that come with a rigorous season. He said he battled some back problems at the beginning of conference play and an ankle injury at the start of the season. Despite those problems Voss was able to stay on the court and play in all 31 games for the Tigers. He also credited teammates Tate Martin, Jade Miller, Trae Bergh, Kris Menning with opening things up for him to be able to go to work in the post.

“Tate did a really good job of getting to the basket, opening up passing lanes and finding me,” Voss said. “Trae, Chris and Jade are all really good shooters. When they were knocking down three pointers, guys would go out there and guard them and that would really help me out and give me space down low.”