Kevin Dimer Named NACC South Division Player of the Year

The Rockford University men's basketball program had four individuals recognized by the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference when it released its all-conference awards on Friday morning. Kevin Diemer highlighted the group with his NACC South Division Player of the Year selection. Diemer becomes the first RU men's basketball player to ever be named the NACC South Division Player of the Year. Head Coach Jeremy Reigle was voted the NACC South Division Coach of the Year. Reigle is now just the second Regent men's basketball coach (Rebsom, 2009) to receive a NACC Coach of the Year honor. Brandon Emerick earned First Team All-NACC South Division honors for the second straight season. This marks only the second time in program history that a player has received First Team All-NACC honors twice in his career (Tony Diemer). De'Marius Bonds was the final Regent recognized by the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference, as he was named NACC Honorable Mention. Rockford's four NACC postseason awards is tied for the most in a season in program history (2015-16).

Kevin Diemer concluded one of the most decorated season's in program history by being named NACC South Division Player of the Year and First Team All-NACC South Division. Diemer was dominant throughout the entire season. He earned a school record four straight NACC Player of the Week honors and was also named to the Team of the Week. He finished his season ranked in the top 30 nationally in six categories and was in the top five in the NACC in four others. Diemer is fifth in Division III in double-doubles (7), 13th in total rebounds (137), 15th in made field goals (107), 25th in total points (273), 28th in defensive rebounds per game (7.5) and 29th in free throw attempts (72). Additionally, he finished the year first in the NACC in rebounds per game (9.8), third in points per game (19.5), fourth in offensive rebounds per game (2.3) and fifth in field goal percentage (59.8%). Diemer also eclipsed a milestone this year when he became just the 17th RU men's basketball player to record 500 rebounds in a career.

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