Mobridge-Pollock’s junior foreign exchange student Tom Zott has been named to the All-Big Dakota Conference Boys Basketball Team. Sophomore Reese Cerney was named honorable mention.
Tiger coach Mike Busch said Zott did more than was expected from a young man coming from Germany to South Dakota.“I’m really happy for him receiving this honor,” said Busch. “The other coaches in our league vote for all-conference and see him as a talented player. Pretty cool award for him. We will miss him.
“There’s not too many foreign exchange students who make the varsity team, let alone start on the first five. He truly has a passion for the game. He has confidence in himself and his abilities as a player. He has spent many hours practicing to be the best he can be. He’s a well-rounded player with the ability to pass the ball, also.”
Zott scored 74 points in conference play. His two biggest games were a 15-point, 11-rebound double-double against Cheyenne-Eagle Butte and 20 points and six boards against Todd County.
Zott is joined on the All-BDC team by: senior William Brownotter, junior Lex Farrell and sophomore Leon Brown Otter of McLaughlin; senior Dayson Kohlus of Cheyenne-Eagle Butte; seniors Joe Sazue III and Josiah Blue Arm and sophomore Luke Wells of Crow Creek; Senior Steven Fernholz and junior Karst Hunter of Miller; senior Riggs Priebe of Chamberlain; junior Aiden Bizardie of Todd County; and freshman Brady Fritz of Winner.
Cerney leads the honorable mention, joined by seniors Henry Mullaney of Miller and David Espinoza of Todd County, and junior Louis Running Horse of Chamberlain.
“Reese had a very good year for us. He is our point guard and leader,” said Busch. “I truly believe Reese can be one of the best players in our region and state the next couple of years. If he continues to shoot the ball over the summer and add little things to his offensive game, he will really be fun to watch the next two years.”
Cerney scored 59 points in BDC games, including 13-point games against Crow Creek and Chamberlain.