Three Beavers Are Recognized on All-Conference Squad
Thursday, March 6, 2003
Mar. 6, 2003


Minneapolis, Minn. - Three members for the Bemidji State University Men’s Basketball team were recognized by league coaches today as junior forward Charles Hanks (Chicago, Ill.) and senior guard Royce Bryan (Haviland, Kan.) were 2002-03 All-Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference First Team selections and senior guard Stan Johnson (Salt Lake City, Utah) was an honorable mention performer.

“ I am obviously happy for all three but I am biased towards Buster,” said head coach Jeff Guiot. “If I had to build the league around one guy, it would be him. He is multi-dimensional and he has to do the things that we need him to do in order for us to be successful.”

Hanks is the first BSU first-team selection to repeat since Mac Smith was a three-time winner (1998-2001). He has led the squad 12 times in rebounding and 11 times in scoring and is tops on the team in scoring (17.6), rebounding (6.8), field goal percentage (.550), total blocks (22) and made field goals (204), fourth in total steals (26) and fifth in total assists (51). The Beavers are 16-6 when Hanks notches 20+ points in his career. Along with Joe Hasz from UM-Crookston, Hanks becomes the only player in the league to receive three NSIC weekly awards in one campaign. The South Plains Community College transfer notched his ninth career double-double with 27 points and 11 caroms against UM-Duluth (2/15/03) to cap a five-game stint in which he went for four in that stretch. His 44-point effort against Winona State (3/1/03) set a school record and is tied for eighth among Division II for an individual scoring high and is also the highest in the NSIC since 1998.

“Royce is probably the hardest player I have ever coached in my 15 years,” said Guiot. “I was a little disappointed last year that he received no accolades but the thing is he could care less about this stuff. He is the most humble of players and this is the last thing on his mind.”

Bryan holds the school’s single game record with 11 assists against Minnesota-Crookston (2/2/02) and the best mark for season assists (145) established a year ago. His 99 assists this year is ninth on the school’s charts. Currently, he sits third at BSU with 244 career assists as he is three away from the second spot. In 2002-03, Bryan is first on the club in steals per game (2.46) and assists per game (4.13). The steals mark is second in the league and it puts him 23rd in the nation as well. Also, the 6-1 guard is second on the squad in rebounding (3.4) and minutes per game (27.7) and fourth in scoring (9.4) and three-pointers (43). After a hand injury that kept him out of four games, Bryan went for 35 points and 10 rebounds (1/17-1/18/03) as he was named player of the week in the league. Bryan was named earlier today to the Verizon Academic All-America College Division First Team as well.

“It had to be tough at first for Stan to come in here (from Southern Utah University) and know his niche,” said Guiot. “He handled the adjustment real well and came in and blended into the team setting. All he is worried about is being a part of the team and helping us win.”

Johnson is first on the club in minutes per game (30.4) and total assists (110), second in total steals (46), three-point percentage (.402) and scoring (13.1) and third in three-pointers (47) and rebounding (3.3). The assists total puts him fifth in the school record books for a single-season. The Southern Utah University transfer has recorded 22 games of double-digit scoring efforts, including three performances of 20+ points. Johnson tallied his first double-double as a Beaver with 15 points and 10 rebounds against Concordia-St. Paul (1/25/03). The 6-1 guard has shot the ball well from the charity stripe (.784), which is good for second in the NSIC, and maintained a 80 percent clip in conference action.

The three all-conference performers is the most for Bemidji State since the 1986-87 club had three as well.

Bemidji State, seeded third in the NSIC Tournament, is scheduled to play #7 seed MSU Moorhead Saturday at 6:00 p.m. at the Gangelhoff Center in St. Paul, Minn. with the winner advancing to the championships at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday. The Beavers have swept the season series with the Dragons and have taken three straight and four out of the last five.

Information on the all-conference squads and a complete listing of stats and notes can be seen at www.northernsun.org.
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