Smoldt nets all-NSIC 2nd team honors

Gladbrook-Reinbeck senior guard Joe Smoldt (20), shoots a jumper over Belle Plaine defender Garrett Straight (13) during the second half of Tuesday’s Class 1A District 6 semifinal in Reinbeck. Smoldt scored 28 points to lead the fourth-ranked Rebels to an 89-75 win. PHOTO BY STEPHEN KOENIGSFELD

Former Gladbrook-Reinbeck High School standout and Upper Iowa senior guard Joe Smoldt has been named to the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference’s basketball second team, the league announced on Wednesday.

Smoldt was one of four members of the Upper Iowa University squad to be honored on the all-conference teams. The Peacocks (10-6, 8-4) finished second in the NSIC South Division and will open the conference tournament against Minot State today at 4 p.m. at the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, S.D.

“I am so proud of and happy for these four guys,” said UIU coach Brooks McKowen. “These awards are an awesome recognition for all of them and for this team as a whole. Each and every one of them are capable of putting up big numbers night in and night out. However, the reason we have been successful is because of their leadership and unselfishness.”

Smoldt, the 2017 Iowa Mr. Basketball award winner, was named all-NSIC second team for the second year in a row. He started all 12 conference games for the Peacocks, averaging 16.4 points, 3 rebounds and 2.8 assists in league play.

Smoldt, who was the NSIC’s Freshman of the Year in 2017-18 and twice a member of the conference’s All-Academic team of Excellence, ranks 21st in all of NCAA Division II basketball with 47 3-pointers.

“Joe has an extremely high basketball IQ and does a little bit of everything for this team,” McKowen said. “Joe has the ability to score at all three levels and always seems to make the right reads. He has made countless big plays for this team this year and for our program over his career.”

Last weekend Smoldt matched his career-high with 29 points against Minnesota State while moving into ninth on Upper Iowa’s all-time scoring list with 1,431 career points. He still ranks ninth in Iowa high school history with 2,358 career points at Gladbrook-Reinbeck (2014-18).