Kickbush represents G-R as Outstanding Player
The NICL West Division’s Outstanding Player is a Rebel yet again.
Gladbrook-Reinbeck senior Caden Kickbush has been named the top player in NICL West boys basketball after leading the conference in scoring, making it five years in a row for a Rebel representative at the front of the squad.
Kickbush averaged 22.5 points per game for Gladbrook-Reinbeck, which shared second place in the final conference standings with West Marshall.
East Marshall, which unseated the Rebels for the league championship with a perfect 12-0 mark, had three first-team all-conference selections to lead the way.
Senior forwards Zane Johnson and Zaine Leedom were unanimous first-team picks and senior point guard Tyler DeBondt was honored as well. Leedom ranked third in the conference in scoring (17.7) and rebounding (7.7), while Johnson finished fifth (14.4) and sixth (5.4) in respective categories. DeBondt, who averaged 9.8 points per game, led the NICL West in assists (96) and steals (32) and a 6.9 assist-to-turnover ratio at the front of the Mustangs’ offense.
This marks the third first-team all-conference selection for Johnson, and the second-straight and third overall honor for DeBondt.
West Marshall had a pair of first-time first-teamers in Peyton Pope and Beau Coberley. The Trojans’ back-court starters averaged 20.1 and 12.1 points per game, respectively. Pope was a unanimous first-team pick while Coberley was promoted from honorable mention selection a year ago.
South Hardin center Kevin Rewoldt rounded out the first team as a unanimous choice after averaging a double-double in conference play. Rewoldt finished fourth in scoring (16.8), first in rebounding (14.5) and tied for second in blocked shots (19).
Kickbush was Gladbrook-Reinbeck’s lone first-team representative, following the likes of former Rebels Joe Smoldt (2015-17) and Zach Pierce (2014) as the conference’s Outstanding Player.
West Marshall’s Paul de Neui was voted the conference’s Coach of the Year by his peers.