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Honors For Men's Basketball Players

Posted: February 27th, 2019
Tags: Athletics, Men's Athletics, Varsity Athletics, Basketball

(Wednesday, February 26; Sioux Center, Iowa) The Great Plains Athletic Conference has announced its post-season honor teams for the recently completed men’s basketball season.

Dordt has four players honored in the voting done by conference coaches.

Garrett Franken (Sophomore; Atlantic, Iowa) earned second-team honors while Chad Barkema (Junior; Sioux Falls, South Dakota), Zach Bussard (Junior; Papillion, Nebraska) and Alec Henrickson (Senior; Spirit Lake, Iowa) all claimed honorable mention accolades.

Franken averaged a team high 13.7 points per game and took in 6.5 rebounds per game while converting 45.4 percent of his shots in his first year with the Defenders.

“Garrett kept getting better as the season went along and became our go-to player.  I think he is just beginning to scratch the surface of what he can be as a college basketball player,” said Dordt coach Brian Van Haaften.

Barkema scored 11.8 points per game and led the team in blocked shots with 33 and took in 5.8 rebounds per game while leading the team in steals with 40.

“Chad was our most consistent player this season.  He often defended the opponent’s best perimeter player, was our team leader and continued to improve his offensive game,” said Van Haaften.

Bussard scored 10.6 points per game  with 5.3 rebounds per game and led the team with a 62.4 percent success rate from the field.

“Zach embraced the role of being our physical presence in the paint.  He’s a throwback with his physical play and back to basket work on offense.  He took a step forward from his sophomore to junior season,” said Van Haaften.

Henrickson scored 11.0 points per game and had a team high 60 made three-point baskets. Henrickson leaves the program with 1,401 career points (10th all-time) and 232 made three-point baskets (2nd all-time).

“Alec kept working to improve his game,” said Van Haaften.  “Teams really defended his perimeter shooting which forced him to adapt and attack more which he did well. Alec had an outstanding career and will definitely be missed.”

Dordt posted a 19-13 record this season with a 10-10 mark in GPAC play.