Truman State's Zach Fischer named All-Midwest Region Second Team
For the 10th time in program history, Truman State University men's basketball has an all-region performer. Monday morning, Zach Fischer was named to the Division II Conference Commissioners Association (D2CCA) All-Midwest Region Second Team as nominated/voted on by the country's sports information directors. Fischer is the eighth Bulldog to earn all-region honors, first since Seth Jackson in 2015 and first forward since Mike Carlson in 2014. D2CCA, formerly Daktronics, has recognized the Purple and White for seven of those 10 times.
Fischer was joined on the second team by Wendell Davis of Ashland, Chandler Vaudrin of Walsh, Martyce Kimbrough of Findlay, and Drew Cushingberry of Ferris State. The five-member first team consisted of Midwest Region Player of the Year, Zach Hankins, of Ferris State, Taren Sullivan of Findlay, Nolan Berry of Maryville, Kyle Monroe of Michigan Tech, and Adam Eberhard of Bellarmine.
Accompanying this honor for Fischer in 2017-18 are three Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) Player of the Weeks (Nov. 13, Jan. 15 and Feb. 26), CoSIDA Academic All-District (Feb. 22), First-Team All-GLVC (Feb. 26), and potentially a CoSIDA Academic All-American nod when those teams are revealed Tuesday morning. Not to mention the fact that he was the league's only player to win the weekly honor three times this season.
Fischer started all 31 of the team's games this season and scored in double-figures for all but two of them. The 6-4 big man racked up 17 double-doubles, which are the most since Truman Hall of Famer, David Winslow, had that many 37 years ago, and was 0.3 rebounds away from averaging a double-double with a team-high 17 points per contest. Fischer's 62.4 field goal percentage broke Glenn Jacobs' single-season record that had stood for 20 years and Fischer took the second-most attempts of anyone in the top 10. For the single-season chart, the St. Louis native also finished tied for sixth in total points (528) and eighth in total rebounds (301).
Fischer led the Bulldogs to a historic season for the program that included the following accomplishments: •Fifth-straight 20-win season (had never been done more than two-straight years)
•13 conference wins (tied with 2013-14 for most in school history)
•Three first-team all-conference honorees (first time in 62 years and just third instance in school history)
•Sixth-straight conference tournament appearance (most in school history)
•Two seed in GLVC Tournament (highest conference tournament seed in school history)
•Appearance in GLVC Tournament finals (first time in school history and just third conference tournament finals appearance)
•Back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances (first time in school history)
•First-ever wins over Lewis and Indianapolis (0-9 prior to this season)
Courtesy Truman State University