ROCKFORD, Ill. - For the second straight year, the RU men's basketball program had a pair of players earn postseason recognition from the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference. Junior forward Tony Diemer (Rockford, Ill.) was named First Team All-NACC, while senior Trae Blumhorst (Mendota, Ill.) was voted the NACC Defensive Player of the Year. This marks the third consecutive season Rockford has had at least one first team all-conference selection and the second straight season the Regents have had the conference's defensive player of the year.
Tony Diemer earned his first ever postseason recognition from the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference when he was voted First Team All-NACC by the conference's coaches. Diemer had yet another phenomenal year offensively as he finished in the top-5 in scoring in the conference for the second straight season. The Rockford native ranked fifth in the NACC averaging 18.0 points per game on 48.0% shooting from the floor and 47.2% shooting from three-point range. Diemer's offensive prowess was on display each and every game, as he became just the fourth Regent to score 40 points in a single game over the last ten years. Diemer also hit a career milestone this season as he scored his 1,000th career point and currently sits as Rockford's twelfth all-time leading scorer with 1,187 points. In addition to his outstanding scoring ability, Diemer continued to do a great job rebounding the basketball and getting his teammates involved, averaging 6.1 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game. Heading into next season, Diemer has multiple milestones within reach. He needs 313 points to become only the ninth player to score 1,500 career points, and he needs just 2 rebounds to become the 16th player in program history to record 500 career rebounds. If he achieves both feats, Diemer will join an elite group of only eight Regents with 1,500 points and 500 rebounds.
Senior Trae Blumhorst earned postseason recognition for the second time in his collegiate career when he was voted the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference Defensive Player of the Year by the conference's coaches. Blumhorst was the anchor for the Regent defense all season long, often drawing the task of guarding the opposing team's top scorer. He helped lead an improved Rockford defense which allowed nearly seven fewer points and forced three more turnovers per game this year compared to a season ago. Individually Blumhorst finished in the top-10 in the conference in multiple categories. He was second in the NACC averaging 1.6 blocks per game, giving him a total of 39 for the season, which was just two behind the NACC leader. Additionally, Blumhorst finished eighth in the conference with 5.4 defensive rebounds per game and tied for eighth with 1.3 steals per game. On top of his defensive contributions, Blumhorst was also a key component to the Regents' offensive success. The Mendota native ranked fifth in the NACC with 4.2 assists per game and thirteenth with 6.5 rebounds per game, while also finishing as Rockford's second leading scorer averaging 11.9 points.