NAIA DII Men's Basketball National Player of the Week (No. 7)

NAIA DII Men's Basketball National Player of the Week (No. 7)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. –  Sam Vander Sluis of Cornerstone (Mich.) has been named the NAIA National Men's Basketball Div. II Player of the Week, the national office announced Tuesday. Vander Sluis was selected over a pool of nominated players based on his play from Jan. 14-20.


NAIA Division II Men’s Basketball National Player of the Week


Sam Vander Sluis, Cornerstone, Mich.

6-8 SR C; Holland, Mich.


  • Vander Sluis recorded a pair of monster games including a career-high 45 point outing in an overtime win at Lourdes. He has 21 double-doubles in 23 games. He came one rebound short of his career high and the school record of 23 rebounds in a single game. Hit a career-high 17 free throws vs. Lourdes in 18 attempts. 
    • 21 points, 11 rebounds, 3 assists, 5 blocks in a win over Aquinas (Mich.)
    • 45 points, 22 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 blocks in a win over Lourdes (Ohio)
    • Weekly average: 33 points, 16.5 rebounds



Nominees:  Leo Behrend, Ave Maria (Fla.); Josh Niego, Saint Xavier (Ill.); Cameron Hunt, Southwestern (Kan.); Ethan Davidson, College of the Ozarks (Mo.); Aaron Levarity, Milligan (Tenn.); Aj Hodges, Corban (Ore.); Blake Walsman, Cincinnati Christian (Ohio); Evan Maxwell, Indiana Wesleyan; Logan Nelson, Valley City State (N.D.); Nick Harden, Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.); Christian Drayton, Antelope Valley (Calif.)


2018-19 Division II Men's Basketball Composite Award Winners

Week 1 (November 28): Malik Martin, Midland (Neb.) 
Week 2 (December 05): Cameron Hunt, Southwestern (Kan.) 
Week 3 (December 12): Justin Martin, Multnomah (Ore.)

Week 4 (January 2): Justin Martin, Multnomah (Ore.)

Week 5 (January 8): Jay Wolfe, Briar Cliff (Iowa)

Week 6 (January 15): Jordan Murdock, Friends (Kan.)

Week 7 (January 22): Sam Vander Sluis, Cornerstone (Mich.)


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Championship Information

NAIA DII Men's Basketball Championship

March 11-17, 2020
Sioux Falls, S.D.