Central’s Greenfield honored again, named NABC all-district
PELLA—Central College men’s basketball forward Matt Greenfield (senior, Huxley, Ballard HS) continued his torrid postseason by being named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) All-West District first team Tuesday morning.
It’s yet another national honor for the 6-foot-8 forward, who is fresh off of his D3hoops.com All-West Region first-team honor. The 2014 Iowa Conference MVP averaged 18.9 points and 10.1 rebounds per game in 29 games this season, leading Central to an NCAA tournament first-round upset of No. 25-ranked St. Olaf (Minn.) before being edged by top-ranked and top-seeded Wis.-Stevens Point in the second round on the Pointers’ home court.
Greenfield tallied 15 double-doubles this season, posting career highs with 35 points at Buena Vista Jan. 25 and 17 rebounds at Sacred Heart (P.R.) Dec. 29. Greenfield was a part of two trios to score 25-plus points each in a single game, the first such occurrence in more than a decade.
Greenfield’s 547 points scored this season rank fourth in program history all-time, while his 292 boards rank second. His 36 blocked shots are ninth as well. The four-year letterwinner joined Central’s 1,000-point club as its 27th member, finishing his career with 1,043 points, tying for 21st. He is also seventh with 622 career rebounds.
The Dutch completed their worst-to-first regular season with an 18-7 overall mark and an 11-3 conference record for their 17th league title. Central went on to win its second conference tourney title, advancing to its league-best 10th NCAA tournament.
The NABC all-district team mirrored the D3hoops.com all-region team with the exception of Claremont-Mudd-Scripps’ Tyler Gaffaney, who filled the fifth spot after Wis.-Stevens Point’s Tyler Tillema was elevated to district player of the year. Augsburg’s (Minn.) center Dan Kornbaum joined Greenfield in the All-West Region first-team frontcourt, while Wis.-Steven Points’ guard Trevor Hass and Whitworth’s (Wash.) guard Dustin McConnell made up the backcourt.
Wis.-Stevens Point’s Bob Semling was named district coach of the year.