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Dynamic backcourt: DWU guards honored by GPAC

Dakota Wesleyan University's potent backcourt was rewarded on Wednesday. DWU senior point guard Tate Martin was named the Great Plains Athletic Conference men's basketball player of the year, while freshman shooting guard Ty Hoglund was named the...

Dakota Wesleyan's Tate Martin (11) goes in for a basket past the Concordia defense during a Great Plains Athletic Conference game on Feb. 12 at the Corn Palace. (Matt Gade / Republic)
Dakota Wesleyan's Tate Martin (11) goes in for a basket past the Concordia defense during a Great Plains Athletic Conference game on Feb. 12 at the Corn Palace. (Matt Gade / Republic)

Dakota Wesleyan University's potent backcourt was rewarded on Wednesday.

DWU senior point guard Tate Martin was named the Great Plains Athletic Conference men's basketball player of the year, while freshman shooting guard Ty Hoglund was named the conference's freshman of the year.

Martin, a Mitchell native, is the sixth DWU player to receive the GPAC's top men's player honor: Brock Seim (2006-07), Preston Broughton (2007-08), Darrin Dorsey (2009-10), Brady Wiebe (2010-11) and Jalen Voss (2014-15).

Martin praised those around him and dished off the credit to everyone else for receiving the award.

"It is not an individual award to me," Martin said. "I credit all my teammates and my coaches for believing in me. It is kind of a team award."

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Martin is the school record-holder for career assists (828) and single-season assists (282). He has scored 1,241 career points.

The 5-foot-11 guard averaged 14.3 points and a league-leading 8.8 assists per game this season. He ranked fourth on the team in scoring and 17th overall in the GPAC.

"I credit our coaches in our league for voting for him where they did and seeing the value of a guy like he is to our basketball team," DWU coach Matt Wilber said. "Typically, points get rewarded all over the place. He didn't get that award because of his points. He got that award because of what he does for other players and how he makes other people around him better."

One of those players was Hoglund, who is the third DWU player to receive the GPAC Freshman of the Year: David Nour (2001-02) and Jalen Voss (2011-12).

Hoglund also bragged about the players around him that made the award possible.

"I have never had so much fun playing basketball as I am this year," Hoglund said. "This team is great. It is awesome going out there playing a sport I love with my best friends. That is really what I look forward to every night."

The 6-foot-3 Hoglund is second on the team in scoring (18.5 points per game). The Dell Rapids product led all GPAC freshmen in scoring. He was the second-highest scoring freshman in the country. Nic Reed, of Olivet Nazarene (Illinois), averaged 22.4 points per game.

"He had a great year," Wilber said about Hoglund. "There is a lot of really good freshmen in our league this year and Ty just had a great year and kept getting better down the stretch."

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The two dynamic guards will now play at least one more game together. The Tigers received an at-large bid to the national tournament on Wednesday. They will play College of Idaho at 9:45 p.m. on March 8 in Branson, Missouri.

"I am just so happy for Ty and everything that he is accomplishing this year," Martin said. "He is a special kid. He is like a little brother to me already and it sucks that we only get one year together, but hopefully we have a couple more games in us."

Hoglund couldn't agree more with his backcourt mate.

"No matter what the level of basketball, Tate Martin might be the best passer in the nation," Hoglund said. "The things he sees and the things he creates, it's unbelievable and it is amazing that he can score the way he can. So playing with him, it's been a blessing and I am hoping to make the most of this last week I have with him."

Hoglund, Martin and DWU junior center Jason Spicer were all named to the GPAC first team. Spicer is averaging 21.5 points per game. DWU junior guard Trae Vandeberg was named to the GPAC second team. He is third on the team in scoring (16) and leads the team in rebounding (7.5).

Dakota Wesleyan's Ty Hoglund (24) drives to the baske as Southeastern University's Harrison Hebert (5) defends during a game in the Mike Miller Classic on Dec. 30 at the Corn Palace. (Matt Gade / Republic)
Dakota Wesleyan's Ty Hoglund (24) drives to the baske as Southeastern University's Harrison Hebert (5) defends during a game in the Mike Miller Classic on Dec. 30 at the Corn Palace. (Matt Gade / Republic)

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