Northwestern State signs Iowa sharpshooter Massner

The Northwestern State men’s basketball team landed a sharp-shooter in the form of Iowa native Trenton Massner.

As a freshman at Southeastern Community College (Iowa), Massner made 36 percent of his 3-pointers on a Region XI championship team that went 27-5.

The 6-foot-3 guard averaged 8.5 points per game, including a 20-point effort where he made 4-of-5 long-range attempts in the region championship game.

“We feel very blessed to be adding Trenton to the NSU family, and he comes to us from a well-known program,” said NSU coach Mike McConathy. “Playing for (coach Lorenzo Watkins) has prepared Trenton to make a smooth transition to our system, and he also received tremendous coaching in his high school career.

“He’ll come to us with a great basketball IQ and understanding of being a student-athlete, and he’s a talented player who will be a great fit on our team and in our community.”

In high school, Massner led Wapello High to its first state tournament since 1994, also earning All-Hawkeye honors and Quad City Times First Team All Eastern Iowa recognition.

The Class 2A All-State first-teamer set four Wapello program records — career points (1,431), single-season scoring (571), single-game scoring (38) and career 3-pointers (171).

“Trenton is a very skilled guard who can play both the point and off-guard position,” said Wapello High coach Ken Spielbauer, father of NSU assistant Jacob Spielbauer. “He is very long and athletic and will continue to improve because he loves the game.

“Trenton is one of the best players I have seen in our area in my 35 years of coaching.”

Massner averaged two assists per game at Southeastern Community College in his only season.

He’s a well-rounded athlete, earning baseball accolades as an all-state pitcher and finished third in the 400 meters on the track.

Massner is NSU’s sixth signee of the class, joining forwards Gatdoar Kueth and Robert Chougkaz, swingman Jovan Zelenbaba, post Jamaure Gregg and guard Jairus Roberson.