MITCHELL, S.D. – After being the only sophomore named to the All-Great Plains Athletic Conference First Team earlier this spring, it was obvious that Jalen Voss’ inside presence and scoring ability was respected within the conference. Wednesday afternoon, it became clear Voss’ ability and talent was noticed throughout the NAIA.
Voss, a sophomore forward on the Dakota Wesleyan University men’s basketball team, was named an NAIA Honorable Mention All-American, it was announced Wednesday by the NAIA. This is the first All-American honor for Voss, a Worthington, Minn., native, and the first All-American for the Tiger men’s basketball program since Brady Wiebe earned first team honors in 2011.
The All-American honor wraps up a successful sophomore campaign for Voss, a 6-foot-7 forward for the Tigers. He followed up his co-Freshman-of-the-Year honors from 2011-12 with All-GPAC First Team honors in 2012-13, and led the Tigers in nearly every statistical category this season.
Voss led the team in scoring (14.2), rebounding (9.9) and blocked shots (44). He led the team in scoring 11 times this season and was the team’s leading rebounder in 26 of DWU’s 31 games. He finished the year 10th in the league in scoring and first in the conference and sixth in the NAIA in rebounds per game. Voss was also third in the GPAC in total blocks and finished first in the GPAC and tied for third in the nation with 17 double-doubles. He also finished eighth in the NAIA in total rebounds (308) and 17th in field-goal percentage (.563).
Voss is the 30th All-American in Tiger men’s basketball history, and is one of just a handful of underclassmen to earn the honor for the DWU men’s basketball program. After two seasons at DWU, Voss has 737 points and averages 12.1 points per game for his career. He also has 482 total rebounds to his name.
Voss is one of 10 players from the GPAC to earn All-American accolades. Northwestern’s Ben Miller and Midland’s James Parrott earned first-team honors, Dordt’s Trevor Wolterstorff was named to the second team and Hastings’ Brady Lollman earned third-team accolades. Voss, along with Briar Cliff’s Jake Shipley, Morningside’s Danny Rudeen, Northwestern’s Daniel Van Kalsbeek, Dordt’s Cliff Warner and Doane’s Nick Reed all earned honorable mention status.