LINCOLN, Neb. — For the second straight week, Nebraska Wesleyan junior point guard Nate Schimonitz has been named the American Rivers Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Week. He received the honors for games played Nov. 19-25 and was also selected Male Athlete of the Week for the conference, joining NWU women’s basketball player Caitlin Navratil as Prairie Wolves athletes swept the conference weekly honors.
Schimonitz (Omaha, Neb./Creighton Prep) averaged 24 points and 7.5 assists on his way to earning Snyder Classic MVP honors leading the Prairie Wolves to a pair of victories over the weekend.
Highlighting his week was the perfect shooting performance in the win over Olivet College on Saturday. Schimonitz went 10-10 from the field, including 7-7 on 3-point attempts to score a game-high 28 points while dishing out eight assists. In the first half of the victory, he went over the 1,000 point plateau for his career, becoming the 38th player in NWU history to reach that milestone.
On Friday against University of Redlands, he scored 20 points and handed out six assists in the victory.
In the two victories, Schimonitz was 18-23 from the field, 9-10 from 3-point range and 3-3 at the free throw line.
Through six games this season, Schimonitz is averaging 21.8 points per game. He is 6th in all of NCAA III basketball with 37 assists. From 3-point range, he is shooting 64.0 percent to rank 12th in the nation and his overall field goal percentage of 63.1 percent ranks him 58th among all NCAA III players.
This is now the 5th time in his career that Schimonitz has been named the conference player of the week.
Nebraska Wesleyan, the unanimous No. 1 team in the NCAA III Top 25 poll, is off to a 6-0 start to the season and has now won 19 straight games dating back to last year.
The Prairie Wolves received all 25 first place votes and 625 total points to sit atop the Top 25 poll. This was the first poll released after the preseason poll. Williams College moved up to No. 2 in the rankings followed by Hamilton, Wisconsin-Stevens Point and Augustana to round out the top five.
A total of seven teams dropped out of the top 25 from the preseason poll, including two top ten teams. NWU was the only team that remained in the same position as the preseason poll.
Nebraska Wesleyan is a perfect 6-0 to start the 2018-19 season, winning by an average margin of 23.3 points per game. The Prairie Wolves are ranked statistically in the top ten in eight different categories. They lead NCAA III basketball in field goal percentage shooting 57.9 percent as a team and also lead the nation in assists per game at 27.0.
NWU begins American Rivers Conference play this week starting on Wednesday night (Nov. 28) when they host Central College at 8 pm in Snyder Arena. It will be a rematch of the 2018 IIAC Postseason Tournament Championship game where the Prairie Wolves had to rally back to earn a 82-78 win and secure a spot in the NCAA III Tournament to start their championship run. Central College is off to a 1-4 start this year.