Dakota Wesleyan University landed a pair of players on the all-Great Plains Athletic Conference men’s basketball first-team on Wednesday.
Nick Harden and Koln Oppold were first-team selections, while Mason Larson and Jeffrey Schuch were honorable mention honorees.
Harden averaged 17.5 points, 3.9 assists, 2.6 rebounds and 2.4 steals per game. He led the Tigers in points, assists and steals per game, while also leading the conference in steals and steals per game. The senior point guard ranked fifth in the NAIA with 59 steals on the season and was 10th nationally in steals per game. Harden finished with 1,283 points, 288 assists, 163 steals and a 44.3% field-goal percentage.
Oppold led the Tigers with 8.2 rebounds per game and was second on the team with 13.7 points. He also finished tied for fourth in the GPAC with eight double-doubles this season.
The junior forward finished fourth in the GPAC in rebounds per game and 221 total rebounds, while finishing third in the conference with 6.7 defensive rebounds per game. Oppold also finished nationally ranked in total rebounds and defensive rebounds per game.
Larson led the conference with 1.6 blocks per game and 36 blocks on the season, while checking in at third with 11.2 points per game. He also hauled in 6.2 rebounds per game, including 5.5 defensive rebounds per contest. Larson tallied career highs against Mount Marty in December with 29 points on 10 made baskets and four made 3-pointers.
Schuch averaged 9.6 points and five rebounds per game. He recorded a career-high 21 points against Midland at home, while adding a career-high 13 rebounds against Mount Marty in the GPAC playoffs. Schuch scored double figures in 13 games this season.