BEA Bucs named to All-Conference team
Two Blue Earth Area boys basketball players were recently named to the Big South Conference All-Conference team, East Division.
Bailey Olson and Derek Johnson were the two selected from the Buccaneer squad.
There were also three players from Waseca, two from Fairmont and one each from New Ulm, St. Peter and St. James, named to the All-BSC East team, as well as two Fairmont and one St. Peter and Waseca players on the honorable mention list.
Here is a profile of the two All-Conference Bucs:
Olson, a junior, wore No. 31 throughout the season.
The 6-foot-3 forward averaged 18.3 points through the season as well as grabbing an average of eight rebounds each game. Plus he averaged one block and one steal in each game.
Olson shot at a 54 percent clip from the field and at a 63 percent rate from the free throw line during the year.
“Bailey is an incredible athlete who makes some moves look very effortless,” Buccaneer head coach Seth Anderson says. “His rebounding ability is very impressive. He rises up above others and snatches the ball out of thin air.”
Coach Anderson adds he expects Olson to be one of the team leaders moving forward this summer and into next year.
No. 11 for the Bucs averaged 14.5 points per game during the season.
The 6-foot-2 senior guard also had 4.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.1 steals per game this year as well.
Johnson made 62 three-point shots this year, for a 34-percent clip. He also shot 70 percent from the free-throw line.
“Derek improved himself tremendously in the off season,” coach Anderson says. “He put in work to improve his ball handling and his overall athletic ability.”
The coach also notes that Johnson has not just become an excellent ball handler, but also a leader for the Bucs on the floor.
“He was also our best defensive player this year and came up with many tough rebounds.”
Coach Anderson also took some time to reflect on the season.
“Overall, we didn’t win as many games as we would have liked to, or had anticipated,” Anderson says. “But, we did some better things down the stretch and had a great win against Luverne in the last regular season game at home on senior night. It was nice to send the seniors off with a win in dramatic fashion for their last time on their home floor.”