Gries Named Second-Team All-America by NABC
From Sports Information Director, March 20, 2014 | Men's Basketball
by Dan Lukes, firstname.lastname@example.org, (920) 403-4077
DE PERE - St. Norbert College senior guard Brandon Gries was selected second team All-America by the National Association of Basketball Coaches.
Gries, a Kiel native, is the first player in St. Norbert history to be afforded All-America status above honorable mention by the NABC. He was selected earlier to play in the NABC Division III All-Star game Saturday in Salem, Va.
Gries, the 2014 Midwest Conference Player of the Year, averaged 16.3 points per game and grabbed 5.4 rebounds per game, both second-best marks on the team. Gries finished his career with 1,257 career point to place 11th on the St. Norbert career scoring list, the most points scored by a St. Norbert player since 1990.
Gries is only the fifth player in St. Norbert history to receive All-America mention. Mike Wisneski was a first-team Little All-America by the Associated Press in 1963. Jack Gebler was a NAIA honorable mention All-American in 1969 and 1970. Joe Emmerich was a NABC honorable-mention All-America in 1984, while Nathan Hoffmann was a third-team All-America by D3hoops.com in 2002.
St. Norbert finished 25-2 this season and won the Midwest Conference championship with an 18-0 record. The Green Knights' two losses this season came to NCAA Division III Final Four qualifiers UW-Whitewater and Illinois Wesleyan University.