(from Central College SID)
PELLA–Guard Adam Flinn (junior, St. Louis, Mo., Lafayette HS) took top honors as the Central College men’s basketball team award winners were announced.
Flinn, a 6-foot guard, averaged 21.0 points a game, the sixth-best average in school history. A two-time American Rivers player of the week, he was a second-team all-conference pick. He recorded a team-high 3.8 assists with 1.1 steals, shooting 50.7% from the field and 42.3% from 3-point range.
“Adam had a heck of a year,” coach Craig Douma said. “He’s very efficient as a scorer and does a great job of sharing the ball as well. He had to carry a bigger load this year because of the injuries but he really stepped up.”
Guard Jaden Moody (senior, Cambridge, Ballard HS) received the Mentink Award for inspiration and leadership. Moody, a 2018-19 all-conference pick, missed much of his senior season due to injury but still averaged 16.0 points in 12 games. He shot 43.0% from the field and a team-best 72.7% from the free throw line while averaging 2.3 assists and 1.2 steals.
“He’s been a key component for us, not only this season but in what our team will be like down the road,” he said. “His leadership continues to have a big impact on this program.”
Forward Caden Mauck (junior, Kansas City, Mo., Blue Springs South HS) received the Gary Dirksen Achievement Award for leadership on the floor, on campus and in the classroom. He averaged 16.0 points and 9.0 rebounds, posting nine double-doubles.
Mauck, a 6-6 three-year starter, averaged 15.2 points and 9.0 rebounds for the Dutch. He ranked 52nd in the NCAA Division III in field goal percentage (57.9%) and 57th in defensive rebounds (6.84). His 9.0 rebounds per game ranked 67th and he posted nine statistical double-doubles. He also recorded a team-high eight blocks, was second in assists with 47 and had 12 steals.
“Kaden really stepped up this year,” Douma said. “He came through with some great numbers and almost averaged a double-double. He was a lot to handle for other teams and gave us a really good inside presence.”
Guard Joe Weber (sophomore, Dunlap, Boyer Valley HS) received the Wassenaar Coaches Award for positive contributions through attitude and example. He appeared in 20 games off the bench.
Guard Kade Terrell (sophomore, Montrose, Colo.) was cited as the Thom Steward Hustle Award winner and the Defensive Player of the Year Award recipient. Terrell appeared in 23 games, averaging 3.5 points and 2.4 rebounds.
Guard Jake Anderson (sophomore, Iowa City, West HS) was given the Most Improved Player Award. Anderson saw action in 11 games, averaging 2.4 points.
Freshman guard Drake Johnson (Stanton) claimed the Newcomer of the Year Award. He started 19 games as a rookie, averaging 9.2 points and 4.0 rebounds.
Douma also awarded 14 varsity letters. A young Dutch squad opened the year with an August trip to the Netherlands before enduring an injury-ravaged 5-20 season that forced two freshmen into the starting lineup. But Central loses only Moody to graduation. The Dutch have won 17 conference titles—including 11 since 1975. They’ve also made 11 NCAA Division III tournament appearances.
“It was painful to go through what we did this year but going forward, you’ve got a lot of guys now with experience,” Douma said. “We’ve got good guys coming back and some good ones coming in. You’ve got to be excited.”