SEWARD, Neb. – A rising star, sophomore Clay Reimers reeled in his first career player of the week awards on Tuesday (Jan. 2). The NAIA named Reimers its National Division II Men’s Basketball Player of the Week while the conference tabbed Reimers as the GPAC/Hauff Mid-America Sports Men’s Basketball Player of the Week. Reimers is the program’s first conference player of the week award winner since Chandler Folkerts on Jan. 3, 2017 and its first national player of the week since Folkerts on Jan. 6, 2015.
A Lincoln East High School product, Reimers posted nearly identical stat lines in two wins last week in the Windy City. In the victory over Robert Morris University, Reimers totaled 26 points, 12 rebounds, four assists and two blocked shots on Dec. 29. A day later, he notched 26 points, 11 rebounds and two blocked shots in a win at Judson University. For the week, Reimers went an impressive 22-for-29 (.759) from the floor over a combined 55 minutes of action.
Reimers has gone from a reserve role last season as a freshman to one of the league’s top players in 2017-18. He tops the GPAC in rebounding (9.5) and ranks ninth in scoring (17.9). In 44 games as a Bulldog, Reimers has compiled 453 points and 248 rebounds.
Off to their best 14-game start (11-3) in more than a decade, the Bulldogs will be back in action at Doane (8-9, 3-4 GPAC) on Wednesday. Tipoff is slated for 8 p.m. CT in Crete.