Panthers’ Neils EWC Player of the Year

¦ Jankowski top defensive player, Duff Coach of Year
by Greg Ceilley of The Review staff


JASON DUFF EWC Coach of the Year JASON DUFF EWC Coach of the Year Senior Kollin Neils of Plymouth was voted the Eastern Wisconsin Conference’s Player of the Year for the 2013-14 boys basketball season by the league coaches.

Neils, a 6-foot-2 guard, was named to the All-EWC first team for the third straight season. He was a unanimous pick by the coaches for the second year in a row.

Tom Jankowski of PHS, a 6-5 senior forward, was voted the EWC’s Defensive Player of the Year. Jankowski earned first-team honors. Also earning all-league honors for the Panthers is 6-5 senior forward Eric Nygaard who is on the second unit.

Jason Duff, who directed PHS to its third consecutive conference championship, was voted the EWC’s Coach of the Year by his peers. The Panthers finished 14-0 in league play.

Neils had an impressive league season. He ranked second in scoring with a 19.2 points-per-game average, steals at 2.1 per contest and three-point goals with 37. Neils finished third in assists with a 3.9 average.


KOLLIN NEILS EWC Player of the Year KOLLIN NEILS EWC Player of the Year Neils shot well from the field overall at 50.5 percent and from three-point range with 49.3. He averaged 4.1 rebounds per game.

“I fought pretty hard for him to get the Player of the Year because I just think so much of the way he’s gone about things over the last four years,” said Duff.

“He doesn’t force things for himself. He plays within the team and cares more about others than he does himself.

“To be honest, he really doesn’t have any weaknesses for a high school player. His most exceptional strength is three-point shooting,” Duff pointed out.

“We moved him to point guard after last season because of his ability to handle the ball versus pressure, court vision and decision making.


ERIC NYGAARD Second Team All-EWC ERIC NYGAARD Second Team All-EWC “He can guard the ball because he has good footwork and tough- ness that he’s developed over the years,” said the coach.

Jankowski finished seventh in the EWC in scoring with a 13.4 average per contest. He ranked fourth in assists with a 3.1 average, fifth in steals at 1.7 per game and 10th in rebounding with a 5.4 average.

Jankowski was ninth in threepoint goals with 22 and shot 34.9 percent from the three-point arc. He hit 45.8 percent from the field overall and 78.8 at the foul line.

“In the last two years, particularly since last March, his impact on the game has matched the great promise that he had as a player. He decided that he was going to be a great defensive player,” Duff said.

“Not to mention, his offensive skill. He’s 6-5, can shoot, pass, dribble, post up. But I think it’s his defense that set him apart and enabled our team to go undefeated in conference.”


TOM JANKOWSKI EWC Defensive Player of the Year TOM JANKOWSKI EWC Defensive Player of the Year Nygaard led the EWC in steals with a 2.2 average and was tied for third in blocked shots at 0.9 per game. He averaged 9.0, 5.0 rebounds and 2.2 assists per contest.

Nygaard shot an excellent 56.6 percent from the field overall and 40.7 on three-pointers. He sank 11 three-balls and was a 60.0-percent free-throw shooter.

“Eric has put in a ton of time to improve his game. Offensively, he’s very much a mirror of Tom – 6-5, can shoot, pass, dribble and post up. Eric meshes well with his teammates,” Duff observed.

“In our conference it is tradition that the conference champ gets the Coach of the Year award, so it’s nothing that I did beyond being a part of a championship team,” said Duff.

“I’ve been very spoiled over the years to have been surrounded by great coaches. This year, Jason Jaeckels, Tim Schultz, Scott Richards and Erik West made up our coaching team. And like all good teams, we each have our role to play and we take great pride in coaching to our strengths and sacrificing for others.”

The other first-team repeater is junior guard Mason Domask of Waupun. Domask and senior forward Isiah Daniels of Campbellsport join Neils as unanimous first-team selections.

FINAL EWC STATS

Domask was the EWC scoring champion for the second straight season, averaging 24.3 points per game.

Daniels paced the league in rebounding and blocked shots for the second straight season with averages of 11.2 and 2.4, respectively.

Waupun’s Ryan Schmitt was the assist leader with a 4.4 average. Ethan Willman of Two Rivers hit a league-high 38 three-point goals.

All-EWC
Boys Basketball

FIRST TEAM
Kollin Neils, Plymouth…................Sr.
Mason Domask...Waupun.................Jr.
Isiah Daniels, Campbellsport............Sr.
Matt Wilke, Sheboygan Falls….........Sr.
Tom Jankowski, Plymouth….........Sr.
SECOND TEAM
Jordan Dreikosen, Campbellsport.....Jr.
Carter Voelker, Kiel................….…..So.
Eric Nygaard, Plymouth.................Sr.
Greg Rate, Kewaskum.….................Sr.
HONORABLE MENTION
Jacob Winkel, Kiel.……......….....…..Sr.
Josh Burg, New Holstein….........….So.
Dexter Smith, Two Rivers........…......Sr.
Terren Driscoll, Kiel...…......….....…..Sr.
Nate Heili, Sheboygan Falls.......…...Sr.

EWC BOYS BASKETBALL
Final Standings

W L
Plymouth…………....................14 0
Waupun………........…...........…10 4
Campbellsport….……..…….…...8 6
Two Rivers..……...…………..…..7 7
Kewaskum……………................5 9
Sheboygan Falls…………..........4 10
New Holstein..….………….........4 10
Kiel………………………………..4 10


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