All-MIAA Men’s Basketball Teams Announced
Monday, March 03, 2008
For the third consecutive year, Calvin junior Caleb Veldhouse has been named to the All-MIAA first team in men’s basketball. Named to the All-MIAA second team from Calvin are senior Derek Griffin and sophomore John Mantel.
A native of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and a graduate of Sioux Falls Christian High School, Veldhouse averaged a career-high 17.2 points a game while also averaging 3.1 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game. A 6-2 guard, Veldhouse also connected on 42.6 percent of his three-point field goal attempts and 75.7 percent of his free throw tries. In conference play, Veldhouse averaged 16.0 points a game to rank fourth in the MIAA scoring race. He was also ranked in the Top 10 in the MIAA in assists per game (2.86/6th place) and three-point field goal percentage (.405, 7th place) and three-point field goals made per game (2.14).
Veldhouse currently ranks 11th on the all-time Calvin scoring list with 1,305 points and fourth in career three-point field goals (176).
Griffin is from Whitehall High School and is a graduate of Whitehall High School. A 6-3 guard, Griffin averaged 14.8 points and 4.1 rebounds a game this year while connecting on a team-best 73 three-point field goals. Over the course of the year, Griffin shot 81.2 percent from the free throw line, 44.0 percent from the field and 39.0 percent from three-point range. Griffin’s 73 three-point field goals this year is tied with 1992 graduate Mike LeFebre for eighth place on the all-time Calvin single-season three-point field goal list. A transfer from Muskegon Community College, Griffin compiled 153 three-point baskets on 360 attempts in his two year Calvin College career, ranking sixth on the Calvin career list for three-point field goals made and seventh in three-point field goal percentage (.425).
Mantel is from Chelsea and is a graduate of Chelsea High School. A 6-8 John Mantelcenter, Mantel averaged 10.4 points and 5.8 rebounds a game this year while connecting on 43.8 percent of his field goal attempts and 73.8 percent of his free throw tries. Mantel also finished the year with a team best 25 blocked shots.
In conference play, Mantel finished 18th in MIAA in scoring (18.0 ppg), eighth in rebounding (6.3 rpg), eighth in free throw percentage (.745) and tied for fifth in blocked shots per game (0.93).