Tillema, Hass, Semling Honored by NABC

Kansas City, Mo. - Tyler Tillema (Randolph, WI/Randolph), Trevor Hass (New London, WI/New London/Augustana (SD)) and head coach Bob Semling were all honored in the 2014 National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Division III All-District Teams and Coaches, as selected by member coaches of the NABC in NCAA Division III and announced on Tuesday morning.

Tillema was named the West Region Player of the Year and was joined on the All-West Region First Team by Hass, while Semling was recognized as the West Region Coach of the Year. Tillema is the third UWSP player to be named District Player of the Year, joining Brant Bailey (2000) and Jason Kalsow (2005).

Tillema and Hass were all-region selections for the second time, as Tillema was a second-team choice in 2012 and Hass was a 2012 selection last season. Semling earned the coaching honor for the second time (2010) and is the only UW-Stevens Point coach to do so since 1976.

Tillema and Hass were the top two scorers for top-ranked UW-Stevens Point (28-2), who won the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) regular season and tournament titles. The 28 wins are tied for the fourth-most by a UWSP team in program history. The Pointers also advanced to the Sectional Round of the NCAA Tournament before falling in overtime to Emory (Ga.).

Tillema led the Pointers in scoring (20.1 ppg), assists (115) and blocks, while tying for the team lead in rebounding (5.0 rpg). The senior shot 52.6 percent from the field and scored 20 or more points in 16 of the team's 30 games this season. Tillema ranked in the WIAC's top 10 in assists (first, 3.97 apg), scoring (second), steals (fifth, 1.48 spg), blocks (fifth, 0.93 bpg), assist-to-turnover ratio (fifth, 1.58:1), minutes played (sixth, 31.69 per game), field-goal percentage (seventh) and defensive rebounds (eighth, 4.34 per game) this season, while starting 29 of 30 games.

Hass was second on UW-Stevens Point in scoring (17.3 ppg), third in rebounding (4.6 rpg), third in assists (58) and led the team in steals (46). The sharpshooter shot 48.5 percent from behind the arc, to rank fourth in the country in games through March 9, and averaged over three made three-pointers a game. The senior led the WIAC with 3.17 made threes per game and finished in the top 10 in the conference in minutes played (second, 33.83 per game), scoring (third), three-point field-goal percentage (third), steals (fourth, 1.53 spg), free-throw percentage (fifth, .794) and field-goal percentage (sixth, .530). Hass tied the school scoring record by scoring 40 points against Whitman on Dec. 29 and then broke the record by pouring in 45 at UW-La Crosse on Jan. 25 behind a 9-for-13 performance from behind the arc.

COURTESY UW-STEVENS POINT


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