2016 NCAA Div. III tournament qualifier
PELLA—Central College men’s basketball forward Matt Greenfield (senior, Huxley, Ballard HS) continued his torrid postseason by being named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) All-West District first team Tuesday morning.
It’s yet another national honor for the 6-foot-8 forward, who is fresh off of his D3hoops.com All-West Region first-team honor. The 2014 Iowa Conference MVP averaged 18.9 points and 10.1 rebounds per game in 29 games this season, leading Central to an NCAA tournament first-round upset of No. 25-ranked St. Olaf (Minn.) before being edged by top-ranked and top-seeded Wis.-Stevens Point in the second round on the Pointers’ home court.
Greenfield tallied 15 double-doubles this season, posting career highs with 35 points at Buena Vista Jan. 25 and 17 rebounds at Sacred Heart (P.R.) Dec. 29. Greenfield was a part of two trios to score 25-plus points each in a single game, the first such occurrence in more than a decade.
Greenfield’s 547 points scored this season rank fourth in program history all-time, while his 292 boards rank second. His 36 blocked shots are ninth as well. The four-year letterwinner joined Central’s 1,000-point club as its 27th member, finishing his career with 1,043 points, tying for 21st. He is also seventh with 622 career rebounds.
The Dutch completed their worst-to-first regular season with an 18-7 overall mark and an 11-3 conference record for their 17th league title. Central went on to win its second conference tourney title, advancing to its league-best 10th NCAA tournament.
The NABC all-district team mirrored the D3hoops.com all-region team with the exception of Claremont-Mudd-Scripps’ Tyler Gaffaney, who filled the fifth spot after Wis.-Stevens Point’s Tyler Tillema was elevated to district player of the year. Augsburg’s (Minn.) center Dan Kornbaum joined Greenfield in the All-West Region first-team frontcourt, while Wis.-Steven Points’ guard Trevor Hass and Whitworth’s (Wash.) guard Dustin McConnell made up the backcourt.
Wis.-Stevens Point’s Bob Semling was named district coach of the year.