LINDSBORG — When the KCAC men’s basketball coaches vote on their postseason honors next month, Bethany College’s Nathan Coleman has to be the leading candidate for Defensive Player of the Year.
For the third time this season on Monday, the 6-4 Bethany senior earned the KCAC Defensive Player of the Week honor in leading the Swedes to wins over Sterling and McPherson College as they are just a game back of co-leaders Tabor and Friends.
Against Sterling, Coleman grabbed 13 rebounds, 10 of which were defensive, and came up with six steals. Offensively he also contributed five assists and five points, all five coming from the foul line.
"Nate has been a big part and leader of our improved defensive play of this past week,” Bethany coach Clair Oleen said. “Nate has been very consistent defensively and takes a lot of pride in it.”
Coleman also played a key role in the Swedes’ narrow comeback win over McPherson College as he spearheaded a charge that saw Bethany give up only 31 second-half points. He had six rebounds.
Coleman has started all 21 games for Bethany this season. He leads the team with 7.7 rebounds per game and is one assist behind Devin Smith, 83, for most on the team. He leads Bethany with 36 steals and has 13 blocks, second most on the team.