Jansen named NCAA DII Player of the Year

March 25, 2016

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AUGUSTANA’S DANIEL JANSEN HAS BEEN NAMED THE 2016 NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF BASKETBALL COACHES’ DIVISION II PLAYER OF THE YEAR THE NATIONAL ORGANIZATION ANNOUNCED THURSDAY MORNING.

JANSEN, A 6-FOOT-9, 240-POUND FORWARD FROM ORANGE CITY, IOWA IS THE FIRST MEN’S BASKETBALL PLAYER IN AUGUSTANA HISTORY TO BE NAMED NATIONAL PLAYER OF THE YEAR BY THE NABC. JANSEN WAS THE FIRST AT AUGUSTANA TO SCORE OVER 2,000 CAREER POINTS AND IS THE SCHOOL’S ALL-TIME LEADING SCORER WITH 2,217 POINTS. HE ALSO RANKS FIFTH ALL-TIME WITH 845 REBOUNDS IN HIS CAREER. JANSEN HAS BEEN NAMED TO SEVEN ALL-AMERICA TEAMS IN HIS CAREER AND HAS BEEN NAMED THE NSIC AND CENTRAL REGION PLAYER OF THE YEAR IN BACK-TO-BACK SEASONS.

A THREE-TIME ALL-NSIC FIRST TEAM SELECTION, JANSEN IS AVERAGING 20.7 POINTS, 7.4 REBOUNDS, 2.0 ASSISTS AND 1.2 STEALS PER GAME WHILE SHOOTING 53.8 PERCENT FROM THE FIELD. HE RECENTLY EARNED HIS THIRD STRAIGHT ALL-NSIC FIRST TEAM HONOR. HE HAS SET A NEW SINGLE SEASON SCORING MARK IN 2015-16 WITH 683 POINTS AND HAS SCORED IN DOUBLE-DIGITS IN 31 OF 33 GAMES THIS SEASON, INCLUDING 20-PLUS POINTS 18 TIMES. JANSEN ALSO BECAME THE NSIC’S ALL-TIME LEADING SCORER IN 2015-16 HAVING SCORED 1,521 POINTS IN 88 CAREER CONFERENCE GAMES. JANSEN IS ONE OF JUST FIVE ACTIVE PLAYERS IN DIVISION II (11 IN ALL OF NCAA BASKETBALL) WITH 2,000-PLUS CAREER POINTS AND 600-PLUS CAREER REBOUNDS.

AUGUSTANA BEAT WESTERN OREGON 74-55 IN THE SEMIFINALS OF THE NCAA DIVISION 2 TOURNAMENT ON THURSDAY AND WILL TAKE ON LINCOLN MEMORIAL FOR THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP ON SATURDAY. THAT GAME WILL BE TELEVISED ON CBS.