Men's Basketball: 2016-17 Season Recap

Men's Basketball: 2016-17 Season Recap

The Grace University men's basketball team finished their regular season with a record of 15 wins and 13 losses. They qualified Regionals for the first time since 2014, but, unfortunately, lost in the first round to Dallas Baptist. The Royals had to overcome several obstacles during their season, but they never lost their competitive edge or their desire to win. Eight games into their season, Coach Willie Williams stepped down as head men's basketball coach of the Royals to take the athletic director and men's basketball coaching positions at Nebraska Christian College. Former Grace women's basketball coach from 2009-2015, Shawn Kliewer, stepped in as head coach of the Men's program. Throughout the season, the Royals dealt with many injuries, leaving them with a very small roster for some of their games. Despite these obstacles, the Royals finished with a 15-14 record overall.

The Royals averaged 85.9 points, 37 rebounds, 11.7 assists, 9 steals, and 4 blocks per game. Overall, they shot 42.9% from the field, 33.6% from the 3-point line, and 68.9% from the free throw line. The Royals are 5th in program history for points in a season with 2,405 and 4th in program history for blocks in a season with 121.

Sophomore D.J. Hanes ranks second in Grace history for highest points per game with an average of 26.8 points per game. He shot 41.6% from the field, 33.9% from the 3-point line, and 76.8% from the free throw line. Hanes scored 751 points this season and is now tied for the most points in a season in program history. He has 1,111 career points in 57 games during his two years of playing for Grace, putting him at 26th in program history. Hanes ranks 8th in program history for made free throws in a single season with 129. Hanes broke his own career record for points in a single game three times this season and now is second in program history with 42 points against Haskell Indian Nations University on January 28, 2017. Hanes received NCCAA All-Region Second Team.

Senior Jarrod Sheffield totaled 441 points, 140 rebounds, 98 assists, and 60 steals in 29 games this season. During his four years playing for Grace, Sheffield has played in 112 games (8th in program history) and totals 1,194 points (22nd in program history), 359 rebounds, 238 assists, and 159 steals (13th in program history). This season, Sheffield shot 82.6% from the free throw line (100 of 121), putting him at 7th in program history; he made 263 total free throws in his career, putting him at 13th in program history. Sheffield received NCCAA All-Region Honorable Mention.

Senior Austin Shappell totaled 241 points, 48 assists, 54 rebounds, and 24 steals in 29 games this season. He now holds the program record for most 3-pointers attempted in a game (21) and most 3-pointers made in a game (9); he set both records on January 9, 2017. In his four-year career, Shappell has contributed 861 points, 157 rebounds, 144 assists, and 75 steals. He is 11th in program history for total games played with 107 games.

Andre Frazier-Stanley contributed 204 points, 151 rebounds, and 27 blocks in 22 games this season. Calisto Nyambura contributed 196 points, 142 rebounds, and 27 blocks in 25 games this season. Galat Toang contributed 173 points, 130 rebounds, 38 blocks, 31 assists, and 25 steals in 21 games this season. Andrue Aquilera contributed 189 points, 67 rebounds, and 27 assists in 28 games this season.