LINCOLN, Neb. – Nebraska Wesleyan University junior men’s basketball player Ryan Garver has been awarded Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (IIAC) Men’s Basketball Player of the Week honors for games played Jan 29.-Feb. 4.
In addition, Garver was named the overall IIAC Male Athlete of the Week.
Garver, a 6’2 forward from Lincoln, Neb., averaged 22 points, 6 rebounds, 5.5 steals and 3.5 assists in a pair of Prairie Wolves victories last week. He shot 70.8 percent from the field and made 7-9 of his 3-point attempts.
He set a career-high with nine steals to go along with 21 points on 9-11 shooting in a win over Coe College on Jan. 31 in Lincoln. Garver was 9-11 from the floor and his nine steals were the most by any IIAC player this season.
Against Buena Vista on Saturday in a battle between teams tied for first place, Garver scored a team-high 23 points, all in the second half as he was sidelined the majority of the first half in foul trouble. He was 5-6 from 3-point range and pulled down six rebounds with three assists in the 85-74 win over the Beavers to move NWU into first place.
The Lincoln Northeast H.S., product leads the Iowa Conference this season with 55 steals, 18 more than any other player in the conference. He is now second on the team in scoring at 14.5 points per game. He scored over 20 points in both games last week, after going over 20 points twice previously in his entire career.
Garver is the third NWU player to earn IIAC Men’s Basketball Player of the Week honors this season.
Nebraska Wesleyan is 19-3 overall and 10-3 in Iowa Conference play with three regular season games remaining. They have a key game on Wednesday night (Feb. 7) hosting Loras College in a battle for first place in the league standings.