2016 NCAA Div. III tournament qualifier
PELLA—Four Central College basketball players have received all-Iowa Conference honors.
Three Dutch players were tabbed for the men’s squad. Guard Brett DeHoogh (senior, Clive, Valley HS) was a first-team pick while forward Keith Pedersen (senior, Jefferson, Jefferson-Scranton HS) and guard Miguel Ley (sophomore, San Antonio, Texas, Judson HS) were second-team selections.
It’s the first time that Central has had three players on the men’s all-conference basketball squad since 1980.
On the women’s honor team, freshman center Andrea Clark (Guthrie Center) was a second-team pick.
All four were first-time selections.
DeHoogh, a 6-foot point guard, was a four-year starter and a three-time academic all-conference and academic all-region honoree. He averaged 10.8 points and 4.8 rebounds for the Dutch. DeHoogh led the conference in assists (4.33 per game) and in assist/turnover ratio (2.42), ranking 17th in the NCAA Division III in the latter category. He also ranked third in the conference in steals (1.54), fifth in 3-point baskets (2.0), eighth in blocked shots (0.79), eighth in defensive rebounds (4.04) and second in minutes played (32.5). He holds Central records for most assists in a game (13), season (141 in 2005-06) and career (465).
Pedersen, a 6-6 forward, was a four-year letterwinner and an academic all-conference honoree. He leads the NCAA Division III in field goal percentage with a school-record 69.7 percent. He averaged 11.4 points and 5.5 rebounds.
Ley, a 6-0 two-time letterwinner, was Central’s leading scorer with 15.6 points a game. He ranked sixth in the league in scoring, third in 3-point field goal percentage (43.8), sixth in 3-point baskets per game (1.92), seventh in steals (1.21) and 10th in assists (2.29). Ley was one of just two sophomores honored.
The three helped Central post a 14-10 mark, the program’s best record since the Dutch were 15-11 in 1994-95.
Clark tabbed as a freshman—Clark, a 6-1 center, is the first Central freshman to receive all-conference recognition since Molly Parrott in 1998-99. She was Central’s leading scorer and rebounder, ranking ninth in the league in scoring (13.3 points per game) and fourth in rebounding (7.4). She was also fourth in the conference in free throw percentage (83.0), fourth in defensive rebounds (5.04), fifth in offensive rebounds (2.4) and sixth in blocked shots (1.28). Clark was one of just two freshmen on the first or second team.
A young Central squad was 4-21 overall and 2-14 in conference play.
Forward Kyle White of Loras College was the men’s league MVP for the second straight season while Brian Van Haaften of conference champ Buena Vista was voted coach of the year. Simpson College forward Katelyn Whiton was the women’s MVP and the Storm’s Brian Niemuth was tabbed coach of the year.