Calvin’s Tyler Kruis Named MIAA Most Valuable Player in Men’s Basketball
Tuesday, March 04, 2014
Calvin College senior Tyler Kruis has been named the MIAA’s Most Valuable Player in men’s basketball.
A native of Grand Rapids and a graduate of Grandville Calvin Christian High School, Kruis is the first MIAA men’s basketball MVP from Calvin since Jeremy Veenstra received the honor in 2002.
Kruis is joined on the All-MIAA first team by Kalamazoo senior Mark Ghafari, Hope senior Nate VanArendonk, Calvin junior Jordan Brink and Trine junior Tyler Good.
The All-MIAA second team consists of Calvin junior Tyler Dykstra (Holland/Holland Christian HS), junior Blake Krum of Olivet, junior Adam Peters of Kalamazoo and sophomores Ben Gardner of Hope, Jordan Herron of Albion and Brandon Krause of Alma.
Kruis averaged 16.5 points and 6.0 rebounds a game in conference play while connecting on 58.8 percent of his field goal attempts.
Brink (Dyer, IN/Illiana Christian HS) averaged 15.9 points a game in conference games and connected on a league-best 92.7 percent of his free throw attempts and 47.7 percent of his three-point field goal attempts.
Brink and Kruis are both receiving All-MIAA first team honors for the first time. During the year, Kruis was named MIAA Player of the Week four times while Brink received the honor twice.
Dykstra is receiving All-MIAA second team honors for the first time. He led the league in blocked shots this season, swatting away 28 shots in 14 league games.
“We are very honored for all three of our guys and I know their teammates are excited for them too,” said Calvin men’s basketball coach Kevin Vande Streek of Calvin’s three all-conference selections. “All three have worked very hard and have been integral to the success of our team this season.”
Calvin is currently 22-5 on the year. The Knights finished second in the MIAA with a 12-2 conference record.
Calvin gained its 19th NCAA III Tournament appearance this past weekend, defeating Hope 78-53 in the MIAA Tournament finals. Calvin will face Wittenberg University in a first round NCAA III Tournament Friday at 6:30 p.m. (EST) in St. Louis, Missouri.