GREENVILLE, S.C. – The Bethel College men’s basketball program landed a slew or postseason honors from the National Christian College Athletic Association.
Senior Caleb Oetjen headlined the NCCAA honors after being recognized as the 2017 Division I Pete Maravich Award Winner. The Purpose of the award is to recognize the outstanding NCCAA student-athlete in Division I men’s basketball. It highlights excellence in competition, skill, academics, and Christian service during his career. Oetjen was also named to the NCCAA All-American First Team after finishing the season averaging 15 points, four rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.67 steals per game. During the year the 6-0 guard shot 55.3 percent from the field, 42.4 percent from behind the three-point line, and 82.2 percent from the free-throw line.
Senior Clay Yeo, the former star at Triton High School, and junior Gage Ott both received NCCAA All-American honorable mention accolades for the 2016-17 season.
Yeo, despite missing 10 games during the season and fighting through a knee injury, averaged 14.46 points, 4.92 rebounds, and 2.31 assists per game while shooting 52.0 percent from the field and 82.4 percent from the free-throw line. Ott finished the season averaging 12.83 points, and 5.06 rebounds per game while shooting 65.4 percent from the field, and 75.8 percent from the free-throw line.
The NCCAA also announced 2016-2017 Scholar-Athletes. In order to be nominated by an institution a student athlete must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.4 on a 4.0 scale and must have achieved a junior academic status. Bethel’s Ryan Wassink, Will Stueve, and Kyle Thompson were all awarded NCCAA Scholar-Athlete honors. Wassink makes his second appearance on the national list having picked up the honor as a junior in 2016, while Stueve, and Thompson both land on the list for the first time.