STORM LAKE A former Emmetsburg prep standout has been named the Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference's Defensive Player of the Year in the past week. Nick Wuebker of Ayrshire earned the IIAC Honor as well as being named a Second Team selection for the Buena Vista University Beavers basketball team.
Junior Nick Wuebker was a Second Team All-IIAC selection and was also tabbed as the league's Defensive Player of the Year following voting of the league's coaches. In his first full season in a BVU uniform, Wuebker led the team and ranked fourth in the team in rebounding during IIAC play at 7.9 boards per game. In 14 conference games, he posted four doubles and grabbed a career-best 13 rebounds in a win at Simpson College early in the year, while also scoring 16 points. He finished the regular season with a season-best three blocked shots also against the Storm, while also tallying 15 points.
He posted a career-best 23 points and grabbed six rebounds in a home game against Luther College. Wuebker also put his name into the school and IIAC record books. His 71.4 percent shooting from the field is a new single-season conference record, while his 68.1 percent mark set a new BVU single-season mark for all games.
Wuebker is the first non-Luther player to win the award. He averaged 9.7 points, 7.4 rebounds, and 0.78 blocked shots per game, ranking fourth among league players in rebounding, fifth in blocks and 22nd in scoring. Wuebker, who had eight double-doubles this season, also shot a league-best and school-record 68.1 percent (111-of-163) from the field. In league play, Wuebker averaged 9.6 points, 7.9 rebounds, 0.57 blocks while shooting a league-record 71.4 percent (55-of-77) from the field.
Wuebker is the son of Wayne and Karen Wuebker and as an E-Hawk at Emmetsburg, played for Coach Mike Brennan.
This marks the fourth year that the conference has presented a Defensive Player of the Year award. It's the first time that a BVU player has earned the award.