Saint highlight: Nolan Berry
The Maryville men’s basketball team had one of the most successful seasons in Maryville history. The Saints finished out the year with a 20-8 record and claimed the GLVC Central Division Title. I sat down with senior center, Nolan Berry, who laid his heart out on the court and accomplished so much in the process.
Berry was named the GLVC Player of the Week twice this season and was later voted GLVC Player of the Year and first-team all-conference. He was also voted to the 2017-18 NABC All-District first-team in the midwest. While these are all tremendous honors, his biggest accomplishment was being named a third-team All-American by Basketball Times. This made Berry Maryville’s second All-American of the Division II era, joining Asa Toney who graduated in 2014.
Head Coach, Marc Stricker, had nothing but positive things to say about Berry.
“Coaching Nolan was a lot of fun. It’s always fun to coach guys that love to play and will do whatever it takes to win. Nolan was that guy,” Stricker said. “He is a very versatile player. He has great footwork and touch in the post, shot over 50 percent from three, and was our leading rebounder. The team sure will be a lot harder to coach without Nolan on it.”
With this having been your last college season, what was your mindset like going into it?
“My mindset going into the season was to focus on playing hard and having fun and letting the rest take care of itself. I knew if I cleared my mind and focused on my attitude and effort that we could have a successful season.”
How did your teammates and coaches encourage you and contribute to your success?
“My teammates and coaches did a lot for me this season. The position I play forces me not to have possession of the ball for a large amount of time, rather I rely on my teammates to help me get the ball where I can be successful. The unselfishness of everyone on the team, including the coaches, made a huge impact on our season.”
How did it feel to be the second player in Maryville history to be named an All-American?
“Feels great to be the second player in Maryville history to be named an All-American. This school has done a lot for me and my family so I wanted to give back to this community by competing to the best of my ability.”
Do you have a favorite memory from your time as a Maryville basketball player?
“One of the moments from this season that I will never forget is when we beat Miami University in our opening game of the season. Personally, I hadn’t played in a game in so long so I was extremely excited to get back on the court.”
What are your plans moving forward?
“We will have to wait and see what the future holds for me. I have signed with an agent and plan to pursue a career playing professionally. I do not know where I will be playing yet, but I am extremely excited to have a chance to do what I love for a living.”