SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Five Summit League men's basketball players, including three sophomores, were selected to the 2018-19 Summit League Academic All-League Team as voted by the league's faculty athletic representatives and sports information directors. All five student-athletes on this year's team are first-time recipients and they were chosen for the honor based on their academic and athletic performances during this past season.
North Dakota State and Omaha each had two players represented on the team while Western Illinois' Kobe Webster rounded out the squad. The Bison duo on the team was made up of sophomore Rocky Kreuser and junior Jared Samuelson while the Mavericks were represented by Mitch Hahn, the lone senior on the squad, and sophomore Matt Pile.
Webster owned the highest grade-point average (GPA) among the quintet as the finance major carried a 3.94 mark into the spring semester. Webster was also the top scorer among those chosen to the all-academic team after averaging 17.0 ppg (fifth best among league players) in 31 starts for the Leathernecks. He reached double figures in 29 of 31 starts and was named to the All-Summit League Second Team.
Kreuser owns a 3.60 GPA and is majoring in university studies. The White Bear Lake, Minn., native started all 35 games for the Bison this past season, averaging 8.7 ppg and 4.0 rpg. His 39 total blocks were the second most among league players and during postseason play, which included NDSU's run to The Summit League Tournament title and an NCAA Tournament win over North Carolina Central, Kreuser averaged 2.6 blocks per game.
Samuelson is majoring in finance and owns a 3.70 GPA. The Bison sharpshooter ranked second in both overall (46.2) and league (48.7) games in 3-point field goal percentage in 34 starts this season. His 46.2 percent clip in overall games ranks sixth on NDSU's all-time single-season list. The Gretna, Neb., native scored a season-high 18 points in a Feb. 14 win over Oral Roberts with all six of his field goals coming from beyond the arc.
Hahn wrapped up his collegiate career by leading Omaha to a school-record 21 Division I wins during a 2018-19 where the marketing major averaged 13.6 ppg and 6.3 rpg. In league play, Hahn scored at a 16.8 ppg clip, which ranked eighth among league players and earned First Team All-Summit League honors for his efforts. He also earned a spot on the Summit League All-Tournament Team after leading the Mavericks to the title game.
A third team Google Cloud Academic All-America and All-District honoree in 2019, Pile carries a 3.90 GPA as he works his way towards a degree in medicinal chemistry. He was one of five Maverick starters to average in double figures this season, scoring 11.2 ppg while also pulling down a team-best 7.9 rpg.
To be eligible for the Academic All-League team, a student-athlete must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.30 (on a 4.0 scale), completed at least one full academic year at the current institution and participated in 50 percent of his team's competitions.
|2018-19 Summit League Men's Basketball Academic All-League Team|
|Mitch Hahn||Omaha||F||Sr.||Fremont, Neb.||3.35||Marketing|
|Rocky Kreuser||North Dakota State||F||So.||White Bear Lake, Minn.||3.60||University Studies|
|Matt Pile||Omaha||F||So.||Goddard, Kan.||3.90||Medicinal Chemistry|
|Jared Samuelson||North Dakota State||G||Jr.||Gretna, Neb.||3.70||Finance|
|Kobe Webster||Western Illinois||G||So.||Indianapolis, Ind.||3.94||Management|