HOUGHTON — Senior Ben Stelzer (Manitowoc, Wis.) from the Michigan Tech men’s basketball team has added two more prestigious awards to his haul from the 2014-15 season. Today he was named Daktronics/Division II Conference Commissioners Association All-America Second Team and National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) All-Region First Team.
Stelzer already has Daktronics Midwest Player of the Year, GLIAC Player of the Year and Capital One Academic All-America Second Team titles to his name. He finished the 2014-15 campaign averaging 22.1 points, 3.0 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.1 steals per game. The 6-1 guard connected on 111 three pointers, hitting 46 percent of his tries from long range. He ranked second in the nation in 3-point field goals made per game (3.96) and was also among the national leaders in scoring and 3-point percentage (45.7). Stelzer, with 618 points this season, totaled 1,755 career points—seventh most in Michigan Tech history. He also reset Tech’s record for 3-pointers made (363).
As an NABC All-Region First Team selection, Stelzer will have the opportunity to gain NABC All-America status and join Ali Haidar, Josh Buettner and Matt Cameron as the only players to earn both Daktronics and NABC All-America accolades in the same season.
The Michigan Tech men’s basketball team compiled a 19-9 record during 2014-15, with its third straight trip to the NCAA Tournament. The Huskies were defeated in the Midwest Regional Quarterfinal by Indianapolis, the eventual region runner-up.
(COURTESY MICHIGAN TECH ATHLETICS)