All-Iowa Conference Honors for Norris, Frazier, & Heffernan
Mar 5, 2014 | J.Crane
CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA - A trio of University of Dubuque Men's Basketball student-athletes earned All-Iowa Conference (IIAC) honors as selected by the IIAC Coaches. UD sophomore Andre Norris (Plainfield, Ill./Plainfield Central) made the jump from Second Team last season to First Team All-IIAC in 2014. Spartans senior Chris Frazier (Heidelberg, Germany/Heidelberg) and junior Gage Heffernan (Dubuque, Iowa/Hempstead) were named Second Team All-IIAC honorees. Dubuque finished the year with a 21-5 overall record and second place in the IIAC at 10-4. The Spartans finished with back-to-back 20 wins seasons for the first time in school history.
Central College senior Matt Greenfield was selected as the 2013-14 Men's Basketball Most Valuable Player. Buena Vista University sophomore Nick Wuebker was selected as the league's Defensive Player of the Year and Central College head coach Craig Douma earned Coach of the Year honors.
Norris, who excited the home crowd with numerous dunks throughout the season, was voted First Team All-IIAC by averaging 18.2 points per game and 6.2 rebounds per game. He finished third in the league at 19.2 ppg in conference action. A threat from anywhere on the court, Norris led the IIAC by shooting 48.5% (33-68) from beyond the arc and was third in overall field goal percentage at 56.4% (180-319). Defensively he finished third in the league with 31 blocks and fifth at 5.12 defensive rebounds per game.The Spartans forward is the first IIAC Men's Basketball player to earn four Performer of the Week honors in a single season since Scott Weber of Buena Vista won it five times in 2003-04.
All-IIAC Selections under Coach Sieverding
|JD Henderson||2nd Team||2003-04||Guard|
|Nick Thomas||1st Team||2004-05||Forward|
|Nick Thomas||1st Team||2005-06||Forward|
|Tyler Daugherty||2nd Team||2005-06||Guard|
|Tyler Daugherty||1st Team||2006-07||Guard|
|Nick Thomas||2nd Team||2006-07||Guard|
|Tyler Daugherty||1st Team||2007-08||Guard|
|Taylor Blum||1st Team||2008-09||Guard|
|Taylor Blum||1st Team||2009-10||Guard|
|Josh Bellaire||2nd Team||2009-10||Forward|
|Taylor Blum||1st Team||2010-11||Guard|
|Matt Poirer||1st Team||2010-11||Forward|
|Lee Piccinelli||1st Team||2011-12||Guard|
|Chris Frazier||1st Team||2012-13||Guard|
|Mitch Michaelis||2nd Team||2012-13||Forward|
|Andre Norris||2nd Team||2012-13||Forward|
|Andre Norris||1st Team||2013-14||Forward|
|Chris Frazier||2nd Team||2013-14||Guard|
|Gage Heffernan||2nd Team||2013-14||Forward|
|Head Coach: 2007-08 to Current|
|Asst. Coach: 2003-04 to 2006-07|
A repeat All-Iowa Conference selection, Frazier finished the season ninth in points per game at 13.7 and first in three-pointers made at 73 three balls. In the national rankings, he is 33rd in three-point percentage at 42.0% (73-174) and 43rd in made three's at 73. The Spartan guard averaged 30.5 minutes per game, good for sixth most in the IIAC. Frazier finished his four years at UD ranked 13th all-time with 1,188 career points, first in free throw percentage (87.2%), first in three-point field goal percentage (41.4%), and second in career three-pointers made (242). He also owns three of the seven highest single season three-point totals in school history.
An all-around threat of the court, Heffernan was tenth in the Iowa Conference in points (13.6 ppg), sixth in rebounds (7.0), first in steals (44), and sixth in blocks (17). In IIAC games, he upped his numbers to 14.8 points per game and 7.8 rebounds per game. An efficient scorer, the junior forward finished seventh in field goal percentage at 51.1% (117-229) and eighth in free throw percentage at 79.7% (98-123). Heffernan was named IIAC Male Athlete of the Week on February 3rd.
As a team the Spartans led the Iowa Conference in win percentage (80.8%), scoring defense (70.9 ppg), scoring margin (+8.7 ppg), three-point defense (29.0%), steals (168), turnover margin (+1.28 per game), and home attendance (13,817 - 987 per game). In IIAC home games, the Spartan crowd came out in full force with an average attendance of 1,256 (276 per game more than the next closer team). The IIAC only games home attendance of 8,792 was the highest total for a school since 2007-08. On the national scene, UD was ranked as high as #23 in the D3hoops.com Top 25 while receiving votes in all 12 polls.
The complete 15 member 2013-14 Men's Basketball All-Iowa Conference teams can be found at: All-IIAC Men's Basketball