Frelix Claims UMAC Player of the Year; Eichten and Rose Receive Honorable Mention
By Lucas Herd, Coordinator of Sports Information, BLC
ST PAUL, MINN. — Three Bethany Lutheran men’s basketball student-athletes received Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC) recognition in the conference’s postseason awards, announced on Tuesday afternoon.
Senior Brandyn Frelix (Minneapolis, Minn.) was named UMAC Player of the Year and All-UMAC First Team after posting a season full of impressive numbers in helping the Vikings reach the postseason tournament for the first time since 2012-13. In addition to Frelix, junior’s Neil Eichten (Wabasso, Minn.) and Brady Rose (Le Sueur, Minn.) were named All-UMAC Honorable Mention. Brady Rose was also named to the UMAC All-Defensive Team for the second time in his career while junior Jeremy Becker (Coon Rapids, Minn.) received the Individual Sportsmanship award.
The Vikings leading scorer Brandyn Frelix took the top nod as UMAC Player of the Year. Frelix had a dominating season across the board. The senior forward was third in the league in scoring with 17.2 points per game (ppg). He also ranked third in rebounding with 7.9 rebounds per game (rpg).
Frelix was impressive offensively as he ranked in the top five in the UMAC for overall field goal percentage (52.4), three-point percentage (37.7), and free throw percentage (77.7). The Vikings star ranked second in the conference with 157 free throw attempted while scoring 122 points from the charity stripe, which is also good for second in the UMAC. In 26 games played, he score 448 total points, behind Minnesota-Morris’ CD Douglas while boasting a total of eight double-doubles. In addition to his scoring abilities, Frelix ranked in the top five overall in the UMAC for assists per game (3.5).
On February 4th, the forward scored a season-high 32 points in the victory over the UW-Superior Yellowjackets to secure the Vikings ninth conference win of the 2016-17 season.
Eichten earns All-UMAC Honorable Mention honors for the second time in his three year career for the Vikings. Eichten was second on the team in several offensive categories in 2016-17. The junior averaged 13.0 ppg in 26 games played. Eichten shot 41.7 percent from the field throughout the season while making 38.9 from outside range, and 74.7 from the charity strip. At the guard position, he hailed in 87 assists (3.3 ast/g) and averaged a steal per contest for BLC.
Rose was recognized by the UMAC for his stellar effort on the defensive end of the court, receiving the All-UMAC Defensive honors for the second time in three years, along with All-UMAC Honorable Mention. Rose had a career-best year for the Vikings, averaging 11.2 ppg and 5.5 rpg, while contributing with 51 three-pointers, 36 assists, and 11 steals. In 26 games played, the forward shot 52.4 percent from the field, 37.7 percent from outside range, and 77.7 percent from the free throw line while averaging 26.5 minutes per contest.
Jeremy Becker was named to the All-UMAC Sportsmanship Team, as part of the conference’s sportsmanship initiative. Members of the All-UMAC Sportsmanship Team are selected by their coaches and teammates as individuals who demonstrate ideals for positive sportsmanship both on and off the field of competition.
Becker appeared in 22 games in his junior season while scoring 10 points and bringing down five total rebounds for the red and white.
Under first-year head coach Matt Fletcher, Bethany Lutheran finished 17-9 overall and 12-4 in UMAC Play in 2016-17, earning a spot in the UMAC’s postseason tournament as the number two seed before losing to St. Scholastica in the semifinals of the conference tournament.