MIAC men's basketball champion St. Thomas received two major awards and had five players honored on the All-MIAC teams announced Tuesday.
John Tauer was voted Coach of the Year -- his fourth such honor in his eight seasons. Tauer's team was picked for fourth in the preseason poll and was unranked nationally before it raced to 21 consecutive wins and climbed as high as No. 5 in the national poll. Tauer takes a 183-46 record into this weekend's NCAA tournament, including a 133-28 record in league play.
Senior Connor Bair and freshman Anders Nelson were among six players voted first-team All-MIAC. Both players are scoring near 15 points a game and lead a balanced attack. Bair converts at 63 percent from the floor. Nelson averages 5.1 rebounds, 4.3 assists and shoots 82 percent at the foul line.
Sophomore Burt Hedstrom was voted Sixth Player of the Year. He averages 7.6 points and shoots 46 percent behind the arc. He also is 20-for-20 at the foul line. He's made 112 treys in 52 career games.
Senior GT Johnson was among five voted to the All-Defensive Team and brings excellent versatility. He has started 50 games the last two seasons and scores six points a game while converting 72 percent at the foul line.
Nelson and Riley Miller were voted to the five-player All-Rookie Team. Miller plays 19 minutes a game and scores 5.2 points with an excellent 5-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio.
St. Thomas (22-4) plays UW-La Crosse Friday in Lincoln, Neb., in the opening round of the NCAA playoffs.