The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) announced on Monday that 175 division II men's basketball student-athletes have been named 2016-17 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes. Among those honored were Bethel's Ryan Wassink and Will Stueve.
In order to be nominated by an institution's head coach or sports information director, a student-athlete must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and must have achieved a junior academic status.
Wassink, a senior from Hudsonville, Michigan, makes his second appearance on the national list having picked up the honor as a junior in 2016. Joining Wassink is Stueve, a junior from Wakarusa, Indiana. The business administration and economics major lands on the list in the first season of his eligibility.
This season marks the fifth consecutive year the Pilots have been recognized on the national list. Four athletes made appearances in 2013 and 2014, two landed on the list in both 2015 and 2017, and Wassink was the lone Pilot a season ago.
The Pilots ended the 2017 season on Saturday with an overtime loss to NAIA No. 22 Bellevue. Overall, the Pilots finished with a season record of 31-5 while being crowned the 2017 Crossroads League Regular-Season Champions and the 2017 Crossroads League Tournament Champions.
The Bethel College Pilots compete in 17 intercollegiate sports for men and women. While accumulating 3 NAIA National Championships and 32 NCCAA National Championships by 10 different athletic teams, Bethel has also produced 143 NAIA All-American honors and 309 NAIA Scholar-Athlete honors over the past decade. Bethel College is an accredited Christian college offering associate, bachelor's, and master's degrees in more than 70 areas of study. Connect with Bethel Athletics online at BethelCollegePilots.com or via Facebook (Facebook.com/BethelPilots), Twitter (Twitter.com/Bethel_Sports & @Bethel_Sports) and Instagram (@BethelPilots).