GPAC Men's Basketball Honors Announced

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GPAC Men's Basketball Honors Announced

(Wednesday, March 1; Sioux Center, Iowa) The Great Plains Athletic Conference has announced its postseason men’s basketball honors in voting done by the coaches at the conclusion of the regular season.    

Bryce Coppock (Sophomore; Hawarden, Iowa) was named to the first-team and Cade Bleeker (Junior; Sioux Center, Iowa) was named to the second-team. Luke Rankin (Freshman; Grimes, Iowa) was named the GPAC Freshman-of-the-Year and honorable mention. Jacob Vis (Junior; Rock Valley, Iowa) and Jackson Louscher (Sophomore; Paullina, Iowa) both claimed honorable mention accolades.  

Coppock led the Defenders in scoring 19.1 points per game and averaged 20.9 points per game in GPAC games.  He also averaged 4.1 rebounds and converted 46 percent of his field goal tries. Coppock is the first Dordt sophomore to score more than 500 points in a season since 1985-86. He has made 62 of his three-point shots.  

"Bryce was one of the most consistent guards in the league this year.  He scored in double figures in every game but one this year, and always showed up when it counted.  He improved as the year went on," said Dordt basketball coach Brian Van Haaften.

Bleeker scores 12.9 points per game and gets 4.6 rebounds per outing and has converted a team high 65 three-point baskets at a 42 percent rate. Bleeker was a second-team choice in 2020 and an honorable mention pick last season.  

"Cade was one of the most efficient players in the conference this year.  He didn’t light up the scoreboard every night but his shooting percentages made him reliable all season long," said Van Haaften.

Rankin averaged a team best 4.6 assists per game while scoring 10.5 points per game.

"From the very first day this summer, Luke Rankin has been a leader in this program.  He directs the team and makes others better.  He works on his game all the time and is committed to his craft as a point guard.  His basketball IQ is outstanding," said Van Haaften.

Vis averaged 15.3 points per game with 8.0 rebounds per contest and has recently returned to play after missing eight games with injury. Vis was an honorable mention pick in 2021.

"Jacob had a fantastic year.  His shoulder injury curtailed him a little bit late in the year, but he had some really big nights for us this year," said Van Haaften.

Louscher scored 8.4 points per game and made 59 percent of his field goals. 

"Jackson had a great off season to prepare for this moment.  He is a great defender and always goes hard.  You need a guy like him on your team that does all the dirty work," said Van Haaften.

Dordt is currently 20-10 and awaits a potential at-large invitation to the 64-team field in the 2022 Men’s Basketball NAIA National Championship.