Greger Named Frontier Freshman of the Year
Frontier Conference commissioner Kent Paulson announced the all-conference men’s basketball team and individual awards today. Three Montana Tech players, Adam Greger, Tyree Haynie and Daniel Simon, were selected second team all-conference after balloting by the league’s coaches. Adam Greger was named the Frontier’s Freshman of the Year.
The Orediggers had their best overall winning percentage in the last ten seasons finishing 11-15 overall and 3-11 in conference play. They defeated three nationally ranked opponents this year with two of those victories coming against conference opponents.
The Orediggers beat than ranked No. 10 Westminster to open the conference season and defeated conference champion MSU-Northern who was ranked No. 13 in the country at the time. Prior to the conference season, Tech handed No. 6 Whitworth their first home loss in 41-games, the longest active streak in NCAA Division III at the time, in December. It was their first loss to a non-conference opponent since 2000.
"I am very happy to see three of our young men rewarded for their play in the Frontier Conference," said Montana Tech head coach Aaron Woliczko. "We have many talented, hardworking players in our program and I was glad to see the coaches of the Frontier Conference also feel that way."
Senior point guard Tyree Haynie makes his second appearance in as many years on the all-conference team. Last season, the California native was elected second team all-conference.
"Tyree had another great year for us. He was able to beat players off the dribble as well as pull up for the three-point shot," said Woliczko. "This off season Tyree really worked on his perimeter shooting and many nights he shot great percentages."
Haynie was second on the team in scoring with 11.31 points per game on 41.7-percent shooting from the field and 38.2-percent from beyond the arc. Haynie averaged 2.42 rebounds and 1.77 assists per game.
"The game that will always stick out in my mind is when he helped lead us to our win at home against the Frontier Conference Champions MSU-Northern, he put on a tremendous shooting display that really carried us. I will really miss Tyree."
Junior Daniel Simon transferred to Montana Tech this past off season from Bellevue College in Washington. In his first year with Tech, Simon averaged 9.79 points per game during the conference portion. Simon shot 41.1-percent from the field and averaged 5.08 rebounds a game.
"Daniel had a great Frontier Conference and his hard work paid off. He became a very good rebounder for us and showed tremendous improvement in his Free Throw shooting from non-conference to conference. "
The 6-6 forward hit double-digit rebounds three times during the conference season including a double-double in the victory against MSU-Northern. In that game, he had 18 points and 14 rebounds. In his last four games of the regular season, he averaged 10.75 points and seven rebounds a game.
"Offensively, Daniel created many mismatches against taller post players that he was able to take advantage of night in and night out," said Woliczko.
In his first season with the Orediggers, Adam Greger is making a statement and coaches are noticing.
"Adam had a sensational year. He was very consistent throughout the Conference and most nights that meant he was our leading scorer."
Greger led the Orediggers in scoring this season with 12.43 points per game during conference play. He ranked ninth in the conference and was the only freshman in the top fifty players in scoring.
"He was head and shoulders above all other freshmen in our conference and I was glad his efforts were rewarded, there are great things to come from Adam!"
Greger shot 48-percent from the field and 47.6-percent from three-point distance. From the free throw line, he hit 83.3-percent and ranked first in the conference overall and 13th nationally.
"When teams prepared for us this season, they all tried to find ways to stop Adam specifically. Adam is a tremendous worker and is trying to make himself better each day."