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Men's Basketball - Mon, Apr. 3, 2017

Briar Cliff men's basketball recruit Tommy Leininger has been named the 2017 Nebraska Basketball Coaches Association (NBCA) Player of the Year. Leininger is a senior at Aurora High School in Aurora, Nebraska and will join the Chargers for the 2017-18 season.

Leininger averaged just under 14 points per game as a senior while shooting 55.0 percent from the field. He sank 32 triples on the season and shot 75.0 percent from the free throw line. Leininger helped his Huskies notch an overall record of 25-2 on the season as Aurora advanced all the way to the semifinal game in Class B of the Nebraska State Tournament where Leininger scored 38 points in his final game for the Huskies. The 6-1 guard was also named first team all-state.

"Tommy had an outstanding senior season. All the recognition he has received in the post season is well deserved," stated Briar Cliff men's basketball head coach Mark Svagera. "We are really excited to have Tommy join us here at Briar Cliff in the fall. He will be a great addition to the program as a player, but even more importantly as a person."

The NBCA Player and Coach of the Year are chosen by a vote of the NBCA members each year. The winners are recognized over the Memorial Day weekend during the Junior Tournament. Leininger joins the list of players listed below to have won the player of the year award.

2000 - Richard Ross, Lincoln High

2001 - Jimmy Motz, Lincoln Northeast, Jake Muhleisen, Lincoln Southeast

2002 - Wes Wilkinson, Grand Island

2003 - Nick Bahe, Lincoln Southeast

2004 - Jacob Chandler, Ralston

2005 - Ryan Moore, Beatrice

2006 - Matt Hill, Lincoln Southeaast

2007 - Mitch Albers, Papillion LaVista

2008 - Wes Eikmeier, Fremont Bergan

2009 - Greg Smith, Ralston

2010 - Brady Lollman, Norfolk

2011 - Gaylen Gullie, Omaha Bryan

2012 - Dylan Travis, Omaha Gross

2013 - Akoy Agau, Omaha Central,

2014 - Mith Hahn, Fremont

2015 - Tyler Hagedorn, Norfolk

2016 - Jared Samuelson, Gretna

2017 - Tommy Leininger, Aurora

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