Massner, Barisic Honored By Summit League

By John Bohnenkamp

Trenton Massner and Luka Barisic were offseason additions at Western Illinois, and both played big roles in the Leathernecks’ first winning season since 2013.

The two players were honored on the Summit League’s postseason awards list, released Thursday.

Massner was a second-team all-conference pick and was named to the conference’s all-defensive and all-newcomer team. Barisic was an honorable-mention all-conference pick and was named to the all-newcomer team.

Massner, a native of Wapello, transferred to Western Illinois from Northwestern State. He was third in the Summit League in scoring at 16.4 points per game, led the conference in steals with 55, was second in assists at four per game, and was seventh in rebounding at 6.4 per game.

Barisic, who transferred from Texas-San Antonio, averaged 14.5 points and 5.9 rebounds per game. He was also one of the conference’s best 3-point shooters, making 56 threes this season.

South Dakota State’s Baylor Scheierman was the conference’s player of the year. South Dakota State’s Eric Henderson was coach of the year.

First Team: Max Abmas, Oral Roberts (Jr., G); Evan Gilyard II, Kansas City (Gr., G); Sam Griesel, North Dakota State (Sr., G); Rocky Kreuser, North Dakota State (Sr., F); Baylor Scheierman, South Dakota State (So., G); Douglas Wilson, South Dakota State (Sr., F)

Second Team: Mason Archambault, South Dakota (Jr., G); Trenton Massner, Western Illinois (Jr., G); Marvin Nesbitt, Jr., Kansas City (Gr., G); Kruz Perrott-Hunt, South Dakota (So., G); Arkel Lamar, Kansas City (Gr., F)

Honorable Mention: Luka Barisic, Western Illinois (Gr., F); Paul Bruns, North Dakota (Fr., G); K.J. Hunt, Denver (Jr., G); Tasos Kamateros, South Dakota (So., F); Issac McBride, Oral Roberts (So., G)

All-Defensive Team: Boogie Anderson, South Dakota (Jr., G); Tyree Eady, North Dakota State, (Sr. G); Trenton Massner, Western Illinois (Jr., G); Marvin Nesbitt, Jr., Kansas City (Gr., G); Douglas Wilson, South Dakota State (Sr., F)

All-Newcomer Team
: Luka Barisic, Western Illinois (Gr., F); Evan Gilyard II, Kansas City (Gr., G); K.J. Hunt, Denver (Jr., G); Trenton Massner, Western Illinois (Jr., G); Zeke Mayo, South Dakota State (Fr., G)

Player of the Year: Baylor Scheierman, South Dakota State

Defensive Player of the Year: Marvin Nesbitt, Jr., Kansas City

Sixth Man of the Year: Luke Appel, South Dakota State

Freshman of the Year: Paul Bruns, North Dakota

Newcomer of the Year: Evan Gilyard II, Kansas City

Coach of the Year: Eric Henderson, South Dakota State

Photo: Western Illinois’ Trenton Massner was a second-team All-Summit League selection on Thursday. Massner was also named to the all-defensive team and the all-newcomer team. (Rachael Keating/WIU Athletics)

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