Wagner repeats as second team All-ARC pick
INDIANOLA -- For the second straight year, Simpson College men’s basketball senior Kyle Wagner has been named second team All-American Rivers Conference after scoring 15 points a game during the 2019-20 season.
Wagner, 6-foot-4 forward, is a 2016 IKM-Manning graduate and the Wolves’ all-time leading scorer. He qualified for the A-R-C All-Academic Team for the second consecutive year, which requires a cumulative GPA of at least 3.50. Wagner will graduate in May with a degree in Business Management and a minor in Human Resources.
The Storm finished 14-13 overall and went 7-9 in the A-R-C, concluding the season in the conference tourney semifinals. Wagner played the last three seasons at Simpson following one year at Morningside College in Sioux City.
As a senior, Wagner started all 27 games for the Storm, averaging 15.0 points, 5.7 rebounds and 2.9 assists while playing 30 minutes per contest. He scored a career-high 31 points at Wartburg, hitting 5-of-7 three-pointers, and scored at least 20 points in five other games. Additional season-high performances included 11 assists vs. Greenville, 10 rebounds at Luther and 9-of-9 free throws at Coe. Wagner shot 45.2 percent from the field overall and was a sharpshooter from both the three-point arc (63-of-146, .432) and the free throw line (48-of-56, .857).
Junior Year: Wagner started 25 out of 26 games for the Storm and averaged 14.3 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2.3 assists. He had one of the best shooting years of his life, making 75-of-158 threes (.475) and 43-of-46 free throws (.935). Scored a season-high 29 points vs. Nebraska Wesleyan.
Sophomore Year: Wagner averaged 6.9 points and 2.6 rebounds a night, starting six times in 25 games. He shot 52.1 percent from the field, 45.3 percent from beyond the arc (34-of-75) and 82.4 percent from the free throw line (14-of-17).
Career: In three years at Simpson, Wagner tallied 949 points, made 172 three-pointers at a 45.4 percent clip and shot 88.2 percent at the line.
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