Olmscheid named D3hoops.com West Region Player of the Year

Olmscheid was named D3hoops.com's West Region Player of the Year on Tuesday. (Photo: Kevin Healy)
Olmscheid was named D3hoops.com's West Region Player of the Year on Tuesday. (Photo: Kevin Healy)

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – D3hoops.com announced its annual All-Region selections on Tuesday and three Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) men's basketball players made the cut. Augsburg forward Collin Olmscheid and Carleton forward Kevin Grow were both named to the All-West Region First Team, while Saint John's post Tyler Weiss garnered Third Team accolades. Olmscheid was also named the West Region Player of the Year.

The announcement comes one day after all three were selected to the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Division III All-West District Team. Players chosen to the D3hoops.com All-Region team are now eligible for All-American selection. This is the 17th year D3hoops.com has named an All-Region team and this year's All-America team will be the 21st annual.

Olmscheid (Sr. | Buffalo, Minn.) led the MIAC in scoring as the only player in the Conference to average 20-plus points per game in 2017-18. He registered double-digit point totals in every MIAC game and all but one contest on the year and converted a MIAC-best 91.6 percent of his free throw attempts in Conference play. A four-year contributor and three-year starter for the MIAC Playoff Champion Auggies, Olmscheid set overall career-highs in nearly every offensive category this season, including minutes (965), field goals (225), field goal percentage (56.4), three-point percentage (46.2), free throw percentage (88.5) and points (613). The 2017-18 MIAC Player of the Year scored 39 points in his final collegiate contest in the NCAA Tournament and finished his career with 1,887 total points and 637 rebounds.

Grow (Sr. | Circle Pines, Minn. | Centennial) received his second consecutive NABC All-District nod. The senior forward ranked second among MIAC players in scoring with a clip of 17.3 per game and paced the Conference in rebounds for the second year in a row, averaging 11.0 boards per contest, making him the first MIAC player to average a double-double since 2011. Grow was also voted to both the First Team All-MIAC squad and the MIAC's five-man All-Defensive Team for the third consecutive season. He finished his Carleton career in February with 1,423 career points, 1,007 rebounds and 209 blocks.

Weiss (Sr. | Shakopee, Minn.) was a two-time First Team All-MIAC selection during his time as a Johnnie, finishing his career in Collegeville with 1,349 points – the eighth-highest career point total in program history. As a senior, he led SJU with 15.5 points per game and ranked third in the MIAC with a Conference scoring percentage of .633. His father, Travis – who graduated from Saint John's in 1994 – was also an NABC All-West Region honoree as a senior.

2017-18 D3HOOPS.COM ALL-REGION MEN'S BASKETBALL HONOREES
Pos. Name Institution Class Hometown | High School Team
F *Collin Olmscheid Augsburg Sr. Buffalo, Minn. First Team
F Kevin Grow Carleton Sr. Circle Pines, Minn. | Centennial First Team
F Tyler Weiss Saint John's Sr. Shakopee, Minn. Third Team

*West Region Player of the Year

| D3hoops.com All-Region Team |