ALUMNI UPDATE: D-C alumn Kaiser ready to go in shortened NSIC hoops season

Few freshmen fall into the category of “immediate contributor” in the Northern Sun conference. It’s one of the top Division II basketball leagues in the country. Trever Kaiser, a 2018 grad of Dassel-Cokato, is one of the few.

Kaiser appeared in every game for the University of Mary as a freshman and sophomore, posting a career average 5.4 points and 2.6 rebounds in 54 games. Now a veteran upperclassman, he’ll be tasked with helping lead the Marauders in a very shortened conference schedule that begins after the New Year.

In 2019, Mary played their season opener Nov. 8. They open with Sioux Falls on the road Jan. 2 this season — it’s been a grueling wait in an extended preseason.

“It’s been a grind,” Kaiser said. “My teammates and I took it as a challenge. I feel it benefitted us a lot but we are ready to go compete against someone else.”

The Marauders went 12-17 a year ago, falling in the opening round of the NSIC postseason tournament. Time is of the essence now; only 16 regular season games are on the 2021 slate, making the conference picture more similar to an NFL season than a basketball one. Kaiser believes his squad is ready to face that pressure and he’s made strides himself after two strong seasons.

“This offseason I feel I took a big step in my game and I’m ready to make some noise with my team,” he said. “With every game being a conference game we know how important it is to go out and be at our best every night. We are hoping to make it to the Pentagon [in Sioux Falls] and we know once we’re there anything can happen.”

Kaiser was a three-time all-conference player at Dassel-Cokato and holds the school record for career points.

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