Cleary is the first Golden Eagle in 15 years to earn the honor in back-to-back seasons.
BURNSVILLE, Minn. – University of Minnesota Crookston guard Harrison Cleary (So., G, Oak Creek, Wis.) was named All-NSIC First Team as announced by the conference office Thurs., Feb. 22. Cleary is the first All-NSIC team pick for the Golden Eagles since Joe Hasz during the 2002-03 season. Cleary was an All-NSIC Second Team selection for Minnesota Crookston during his inaugural season in 2016-17.
Cleary is the first back-to-back all-conference honoree for the Golden Eagles since Hasz, who earned All-NSIC First Team in 2002-03, 2001-02 and 2000-01. Adam Sullivan also earned All-NSIC accolades during the 2003-04 season, while Bryce Cummings was named NSIC Newcomer of the Year during the 2006-07 season, while Gable Smith (R-Jr., F, Lodi, Wis.) was picked as the NSIC Defensive Player of the Year this season.
Cleary led the NSIC with 24.2 points per game. He was sixth in all of NCAA Division II for scoring. In addition, Cleary led the league by shooting 96.0 percent (143-of-149) from the charity stripe. Cleary was sixth in the NSIC for three-point shooting percentage at 47.0 percent. He was second in all of NCAA Division II for free throw shooting. Cleary tallied a school-record 702 points on the 2017-18 season. The sophomore has scored an astounding 1,342 points in just two seasons at Minnesota Crookston. Cleary needs just 597 points to move past Joe Hasz for No. 1 all-time in scoring for the Golden Eagles. Cleary has also scored 1,022 points in NSIC play, which is Top 30 all-time in the NSIC. He notched 19 games with 20 or more points, including a school-record 46 points against Minnesota State University. In addition, he tallied double-figure scoring 28 or 29 games on the season.