Beavers Land Multiple All-IIAC Accolades; Jeffries Named Defensvie Player of the Year

Beavers Land Multiple All-IIAC Accolades; Jeffries Named Defensvie Player of the Year

The Iowa Conference announced its all-conference men's basketball teams on Thursday, and Buena Vista had a pair of selections along with an honorable mention honoree.  Junior David Jeffries was also voted by the league coaches as the Defensive Player of the Year.

Jeffries, who transferred into the program this season, was second in the league this season during conference play, averaging 2.2 steals per game.  He also chipped in with 4.4 rebounds and scored 14.4ppg.  He is the second Beaver to be named Defensive Player of the Year (Nick Wuebker; 2013-14).  He got his IIAC season off to a strong start, recording three steals and seven rebounds in the opener against Dubuque, to go along with a season-high 34 points.  He followed that up just days later with 21 points, eight assists, a career-best six steals, while grabbing six rebounds.  He finished with at least three steals in a conference game on six occasions.  Jeffries was also tabbed as an Honorable Mention All-IIAC selection.

Senior Kennedy Drey is now a three-time all-conference selection and a two-time First Team member (2014-15).  He finished his senior campaign ranked fifth in the IIAC in scoring (17.1ppg), second in rebounding (11.1rpg), fourth in field goal percentage (.518), seventh in free-throw percentage (.853) and eighth in blocks per game (0.8). He turned in 28 points and 11 rebounds in BVU's overtime victory early in the season at Loras.  He posted three straight double-doubles to close out the regular season and finished as one of only two players in the league to average a double-double (points and rebounds) during IIAC play.

Thomas Wisecup earned Second Team All-IIAC accolades after turning in a career-year for the Beavers.  He became one of the league's biggest threats from three-point range as the year went on and finished the season as its most efficient long-range shooter at 53.2 percent during conference play (41-of-77).  He was third in three-point buckets per game (2.6) and tops in assists per contest (3.8).

Buena Vista has now had at least one First Team All-IIAC selection in nine straight seasons and has had multiple All-IIAC selections in each of those years.  The Beavers finished 2016-17 at 14-12 overall (10-6 IIAC) and in third in the conference standings.