Veldhouse, Mantel and Veltema Receive All-MIAA Honors in Men’s Basketball
Monday, March 02, 2009
Three members of the Calvin men’s basketball team have received All-MIAA honors. Named to the All-MIAA first team from Calvin are senior guard Caleb Veldhouse and junior center John Mantel. In addition, junior forward Matt Veltema has been named to the All-MIAA second team.
A native of Sioux Falls, South Dakota (Sioux Falls Christian High School), Veldhouse is receiving first team All-MIAA honors for the fourth consecutive year. Veldhouse is the seventh individual in MIAA men’s basketball history including the fourth from Calvin to be named to the All-MIAA first team four straight years. Veldhouse joins Mark Veenstra (1974-1977), Steve Honderd (1990-1993) and Jeremy Veenstra (2000-2003) as four-time selections from Calvin. Alma’s Willie Dawkins (1974-1977) and Hope’s Don Mulder (1943-1948) and Duane Bosma (1993-1996) have also achieved the feat.
This season, Veldhouse finished 11th in the MIAA scoring race (12.0), tied for sixth in assists-per-game average (2.75) and seventh in free throw percentage (.717). He concluded his career seventh on the Calvin career scoring list (1,627 points) and second on the Calvin career three-point field goals list (214).
A native of Chelsea (Chelsea HS), Mantel is receiving All-MIAA players for the first time. A year ago he was named to the All-MIAA second team. During the 2008-09 season, Mantel was a three-time MIAA Player of the Week. In conference play, he finished eighth in the league scoring race (13.5), was fourth in rebounding (8.0) and third in blocked shots per game (1.29). Over the course of the conference season, Mantel recorded five double-double performances.
Veltema is from Grandville and is a graduate of Grandville Calvin Christian High School. During the conference season, Veltema led the MIAA in three-point field goal percentage, connecting on 28 of 54 attempts for a 51.9 percent three-point clip. He was also fourth in three-point field goals made-per-game (2.00) and 14th in the MIAA scoring race (11.7). During the recent MIAA Tournament, Veltema averaged 14.7 points a game.
Calvin concluded its season this past weekend with an overall record of 19-8. The Knights also picked up their 28th MIAA regular season title, winning the league with a 12-2 conference mark.