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Former Madison La Follette basketball star Jonte Flowers selected for NSIC Hall of Fame

Jonte Flowers (middle) celebrates with his family at his retirement celebration from playing professional basketball overseas. (Left to right): Jerome Flowers, Marques Flowers, Jonte Flowers, Jason Flowers, and Mike Flowers. Kellen, Jonte's son, is in front. (Photo courtesy of Marques Flowers)

The Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) league has announced that Jonte Flowers, a former Madison La Follette High School and former Winona State men’s basketball standout, has been chosen for induction into the NSIC Hall of Fame. 

Many Madisonians remember Flowers for helping the Lancers (along with his brother, Michael) win the 2002 W.I.A.A. state championship.

Flowers would go on to play basketball at Winona State from 2004 to 2008, and was part of national championship teams in 2006 and 2008. He built up an impressive reputation as an accomplished NCAA Division II talent. His defensive stat of 414 steals over his career still stands as the NCAA Division II record, along with being the second highest across all three NCAA levels. 

While with the Winona State Warriors, Flowers earned NSIC Defensive Player-of-the-Year during his four seasons, the only player to do so in any category in the NSIC. Flowers was also not to be taken lightly on offense, scoring 1,882 points while with Winona State and collecting nine different All-America awards, including a 2008 Daktronics First Team All-America honor.

Flowers was named the Most Outstanding Player of the Elite Eight while leading his team to the 2008 National Championship. He was inducted into Winona State Hall of Fame in 2018 as a key member of “The Run,” which included the Warriors’ 2006-08 teams, and again in 2020, individually. 

Flowers then embarked on an 11-year professional playing career throughout Europe. Flowers won two championships in Romania and was named Player of the Year in both Sweden and Romania.

The Northern Intercollegiate Conference Hall of Fame was established in 1986 to recognize and honor individuals and teams who have helped shape the conference. Flowers will be joining what has grown to be over 200 members and two teams since annual inductions started in 2000.