SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – University of North Dakota senior guard Cortez Seales was named to the Summit League Honorable Mention Team on Thursday afternoon at the league’s annual awards announcement in Sioux Falls.
Seales, a native of Eldridge, Iowa, has established new career highs in points per game (14.2), rebounds per game (4.9), assists per game (3.1), 3-pointers made (12), and field goals made (170) in 2018-19. The senior has reached double figures for points in 23 of the 29 contests this year, including an active career-long streak of nine straight games. Earlier this season, Seales became only the third-different player in the program’s Division I history (2008-present) to start the campaign with 10+ points in 11 of the first 13 games.
The lefty accumulated his first weekly conference award on Monday after being named as the league’s player of the week following a career-best performance. In the upset win over Purdue Fort Wayne last Thursday, Seales eclipsed his previous best of 27 points, set in his debut vs. Minnesota Morris as a freshman in 2015, with a game-high 32 points on a career-best 14 made buckets while also adding six rebounds, four assists, a block, and a steal in 34 minutes of action to become the first player since Geno Crandall in last season’s opener vs. Troy to amass 30+ points in a game.
Over his current stretch of nine straight games in double figures, Seales is averaging 18.1 points per game while also leading the team in rebounding in four of those nine tilts.
Seales becomes the first player in program history to earn a postseason award in the Summit League era, as UND faces second-seeded Omaha on Saturday night in the quarterfinals of the Summit League Tournament. The game, slated for an 8:30 p.m. tip, can be seen live on MidcoSN from the Denny PREMIER Sanford Center.