Two days before Central College made its 10th NCAA Division III tournament appearance, senior Matt Greenfield of Huxley was named league MVP.
Greenfield, a 6-foot-8 forward, is the league’s leading scorer and rebounder with 19.0 points and 9.9 rebounds per game. He is also third in blocked shots with 1.22. Greenfield has recorded 13 double-doubles, which ranks in the top 30 nationally. He recorded career highs with 35 points at Buena Vista Jan. 25, 17 rebounds at Sacred Heart (P.R.) Dec. 29 and six blocked shots against Buena Vista Feb. 12.
Greenfield became the 27th member of Central’s 1,000-point club, netting 513 points this season after scoring 496 points combined over his first three campaigns. He’s also ninth on the school’s all-time rebounding leaderboard with 596 career boards and third in blocked shots with 93. Greenfield’s 513 points this season rank sixth all-time, his 266 rebounds rank third and his 33 blocked shots rank eighth. He was named to the D3hoops.com Team of the Week twice this season, was Iowa Conference male athlete of the week once and is a three-time league player of the week.
Greenfield, a three-time letterwinner who received all-league honorable mention last year, is Central’s seventh conference MVP and the first since Miguel Ley in 2010.
“Matt was extremely motivated,” Douma said. “He had a very good season last year, but he wanted to prove something this year. His hard work paid off and it’s great for him to be recognized by the other league coaches. He has made lasting contributions to our program.”