Several former Saint Mary’s men’s basketball players featured prominently on Australia’s National Basketball League postseason honors, the league announced .
Daniel Kickert was named to the All-NBL first tea, while Stephen Holt earned second team honors. Clint Steindl was honored as the league’s Most Improved Player.
The All-NBL Teams were chosen via a voting system involving the Head Coach, one Assistant Coach and the Team Captain of each team. Voters selected their All-NBL First and Second Teams by selecting three ‘outside’ players and two ‘inside’ players for each team.
Players are then allocated 3 points for being placed into a first team and 2 points for being placed into a second team. These points are then combined, with the top 10 players making up the first and second teams, allowing for an even spread of three ‘outside’ players and two ‘inside’ players on each team.
Kickert was a picture of consistency and efficiency this season. The sharpshooting big man averaged 15.0 points per game, connecting on 52.4 percent of his field goal attempts, a remarkable 47.1 percent of his three point attempts and 90.1 percent of his free throws. He fell only just short of the statistical minimums required to become the first player in NBL history to join the exclusive 50/40/90 Club.
Steindl, in his fourth NBL season, averaged 12.2 points, 3.5 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 0.9 steals in 24.8 minutes per game for a Townsville team that went 11-17 on the season. The 200cm guard/forward shot 41.9 percent from the field and 38.9 percent from three-point range. He also ranked first in the league in free throw percentage, converting 92.2 percent from the foul line across Townsville’s 28 games.