WHEELCHAIR BASKETBALL: SMSU’s Jesus Villa named NWBA Player of the Year; Ryan Kile earns Academic honors
MARSHALL – Southwest Minnesota State University senior wheelchair basketball player Jesus Villa has been named the National Wheelchair Basketball Association Intercollegiate Division Player of the Year announced on Tuesday.
Also recognized by the organization was SMSU senior Ryan Kile, who was named to the NWBA Academic All-American honorable mention squad.
Villa, a native of Clinton, Mich., was one of five players named to the NWBA first team All-American team. Villa, who completed his third season at SMSU, averaged 19.7 points per game, while shooting 51 percent (180 of 337) from the field. He led the Mustangs with 33 3-pointers.
Kile, a native of Lawrence, Neb., recently completed his fifth season for the Mustangs and carries a 3.70 GPA as a graduate student. Kile finished the season averaging 7.8 ppg and shot 58 percent (88 of 153) from the field.
Southwest Minnesota State finished the 2019-20 season with a 14-9 record and was seeded fourth in the 10-team NWBA Championship Tournament that was scheduled for March 19-21.
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