Jeffrey Schuch, of Dakota Wesleyan University, has won the NAIA's A.O. Duer Award, it was announced Wednesday.

Schuch was nominated for the award by the Great Plains Athletic Conference in August as a top NAIA junior student-athlete.

The national winners will be recognized at the NAIA National Convention next spring in Kansas City, Missouri on April 8-12, 2022.

Schuch, from Dell Rapids, holds a grade-point average of 3.9 while working towards his degree in biochemistry. The award is annually presented nationally to a male and female student-athlete who excels in the disciplines of scholarship, character and citizenship.

“Jeff’s grade-point average speaks for itself, as biochemistry is one of the most academically challenging majors at Dakota Wesleyan,” said DWU professor Joel Reinesch, who serves as the university's faculty athletic representative. “He is one of the nicest and most well-rounded individuals you will ever find.”

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In addition to his athletic and academic work, Schuch is also a certified nursing assistant at Avera Brady Health and Rehabilitation in Mitchell.

“In a program that values great teammates, Jeff is one of our best and one of the best I have ever coached, “ DWU men's basketball coach Matt Wilber said in a statement. “He is fiercely competitive, but he is always the understanding and supporting teammate, as well in practice and on game night.”

A 6-foot-5 forward who will be entering his senior season, started in all 27 games last season, shooting nearly 60 percent from the floor on field goals and better than 43% on 3-pointers, averaging 9.6 points per game, doubling his per game scoring over his sophomore season.