Miller named first team All-NSIC; Bigler chosen as NSIC Coach of Year

The Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference announced Wednesday that Southwest Minnesota State senior guard Jordan Miller has been named All-NSIC first team, while Mustang head coach Brad Bigler was named the NSIC Coach of the Year.

The awards were voted on by the league’s 16 head basketball coaches.

It’s the second straight season Miller has been chosen to the first team squad. He is one of 10 players chosen to the team. Miller becomes the first SMSU player to earn first team all-conference honors in back-to-back seasons since Jacob Fahl in 2002 and 2003.

Miller led the Mustangs in scoring in 2012-13 at 15.2 points per game and was second on the team with 6.0 rebounds per game. He also led SMSU in assists (109) and 3-point field goals made (72). Miller shot 41.2 percent from the field and 35 percent from beyond the arc. He was also a team-best 84 percent from the free throw line. Miller’s 109 assists ranks as the eighth-highest total in a single season in program history and his 72 3-pointers ranks 10th highest in a season.

Miller played and started in all 115 games of his four-year collegiate career with the Mustangs. He finished third in SMSU history in career points (1,563), second in assists (321), third in 3-pointers made (253), fourth in free throws made (300), fifth in free throw percentage (83.1), sixth in field goals made (505) and tied for 10th in games played.

Bigler was voted by his peers as the conference’s coach of the year. He led SMSU to a 16-14 overall record and a 13-9 mark in the NSIC, which tied for seventh in the 16-team conference.

SMSU played one of the toughest schedules in NCAA Division II and Bigler’s team ranked among the top 10 in the first two NCAA Central Region rankings that were released in late February. Bigler has led SMSU to three winning seasons in four years as head coach of the program, including two appearances in the NSIC tournament championship game, an NSIC tournament championship in 2012 and an NCAA tournament appearance.

Winona State senior forward Clayton Vette was chosen as the conference’s player of the year. Minnesota State-Mankato’s Jarvis Williams earned both the conference’s newcomer of the year award and the defensive player of the year award. And Daniel Jansen of Augustana was selected as the NSIC’s freshman of the year.