Massner earns second-team All-Southland honors

NATCHITOCHES – For the fourth straight season, the Northwestern State men’s basketball team has an All-Southland Conference player.

And for the second straight season, it is a first-timer who earned the honor.

Junior guard Trenton Massner was chosen to the All-SLC second team Monday as part of one of the three five-man teams voted on by league coaches and sports information directors.

“Trenton does a great job,” 22nd-year head coach Mike McConathy said. “When Trenton gets seven to 10 rebounds per game, we’re really, really good. For the most part this year, his rebounds have come on the defensive end, which result in buckets because he pushes the ball so well. He does a lot of good things, is a quality young man, is a quality student and represents Northwestern State in a quality manner.”

Massner, a Wapello, Iowa, product, led the Demons to a fifth-place finish in conference play and the No. 4 seed in this week’s Southland Conference Tournament. He follows Chudier Bile (second team, 2020) in the Demons’ first-time all-conference streak. Ishmael Lane was a back-to-back, first-team All-Southland selection in the 2017-18 and 2018-19 seasons.

A 6-foot-2 combo guard, Massner leads Northwestern State in scoring (13 ppg) and steals (32) and stands second on the team in assists (61) and third in blocks (11) and rebounding (4.7 per game).

Massner was even better in conference play.

In the Demons’ 16 Southland games, Massner shot 53.5 percent from the floor (fifth best in the league) and 37.7 percent from 3-point range, averaging 14.4 points per game. He paced the Demons in assists (45) and ranked second on the team in rebounding in conference play, grabbing an average of 5.2 rebounds per game.

He ranked in the top 21 in the conference in shooting percentage, rebounding, steals per game and assists per game. He produced his lone double-double of the season in an 86-80 win against Houston Baptist on Feb. 22, scoring 17 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. Massner earned Southland Conference Player of the Week honors Feb. 1 after averaging 19.5 points, five rebounds and three assists in wins against New Orleans and Central Arkansas.

Massner and the Demons open their second straight Southland Conference Tournament run Thursday at 5 p.m. They will face the winner of Wednesday’s game between No. 5 seed New Orleans and the winner of Tuesday’s Southeastern Louisiana-McNeese matchup. 

2020-21 All-Southland Conference Men’s Basketball Teams

Player of the Year: Zach Nutall, Sam Houston
Defensive Player of the Year: David Muoka, Lamar
Freshman of the Year: Bryce Monroe, Sam Houston
Newcomer of the Year: Ty Gordon, Nicholls
Coach of the Year: Austin Claunch, Nicholls

Photo:  Chris Reich/NSU Photographic Services

 

First Team

 

Institution

 

Pos.

 

Class

 

Hometown

 

Zach Nutall2

 

Sam Houston

 

G

 

Jr.

 

Bryan, Texas

 

Gavin Kensmil2

 

Stephen F. Austin

 

F

 

Sr.

 

Paramaribo, Suriname

 

Kolton Kohl

 

Abilene Christian

 

C

 

R-Sr.

 

San Angelo, Texas

 

Demarkus Lampley

 

Sam Houston

 

G

 

Sr.

 

Phenix City, Ala.

 

Ty Gordon

 

Nicholls

 

G

 

Sr.

 

Tunica, Miss.

 
                   

Second Team

 

Institution

 

Pos.

 

Class

 

Hometown

 

Joe Pleasant2

 

Abilene Christian

 

F

 

Jr.

 

Overland Park, Kan.

 

Keaston Willis

 

UIW

 

G

 

So.

 

Sulphur Springs, Texas

 

Cameron Johnson

 

Stephen F. Austin

 

G

 

Sr.

 

Little Rock, Ark.

 

Trenton Massner

 

Northwestern State

 

G

 

Jr.

 

Wapello, Iowa

 

Damion Rosser

 

New Orleans

 

G

 

R-Jr.

 

McDonough, Ga.

 
                   

Third Team

 

Institution

 

Pos.

 

Class

 

Hometown

 

Rylan Bergersen2

 

Central Arkansas

 

G

 

Sr.

 

Boise, Idaho

 

Roti Ware

 

Stephen F. Austin

 

G

 

Sr.

 

Morton, Miss.

 

Coryon Mason

 

Abilene Christian

 

G

 

Sr.

 

Oklahoma City, Okla.

 

Kevin Johnson

 

Nicholls

 

G

 

Sr.

 

Thibodaux, La.

 

Najee Garvin

 

Nicholls

 

F

 

R-Jr.

 

Lexington, S.C.

 

 2 indicates two-time all-conference selection

 

All-Defensive Team

 

Institution

 

Pos.

 

Class

 

Hometown

 

David Muoka

 

Lamar

 

C

 

So.

 

Hong Kong, China

 

Damien Daniels

 

Abilene Christian

 

G

 

Jr.

 

Kansas City, Mo.

 

Reggie Miller

 

Abilene Christian

 

G

 

Sr.

 

Houston, Texas

 

Kevin Johnson

 

Nicholls

 

G

 

Sr.

 

Thibodaux, La.

 

Coryon Mason

 

Abilene Christian

 

G

 

Sr.

 

Oklahoma City, Okla.