KANSAS CITY, Mo. – For their dedication off the hardwood, the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) honored three Bemidji State University men’s basketball student-athletes today. Seniors Jason Edwards (G, Phoenix, Ariz.) and Lance Rongstad (G/F, Eleva, Wis.) and junior Jake Schalow (G, Kaukauna, Wis.) were named to the NABC Honors Court, which recognizes collegiate basketball student-athletes who excelled academically during the 2012-13 season.
Edwards started 28 of 30 games for the Beavers in 2012-13. The point guard averaged 26.5 minutes per game with 1.9 assists per contest. He totaled 5.3 points and 2.5 rebounds per game and posted a 93.5 free throw percentage. Edwards graduated in May with a degree in business administration.
Rongstad was named All-NSIC Second Team at the conclusion of the regular season after averaging 13.9 points and 4.6 rebounds per conference contest. Overall, Rongstad recorded 12.4 points, 4.4 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game with a 42.9 shooting percentage from the field and 35.3 percentage from beyond the arc. He was a three-time Winter Academic All-NSIC Team member and an Honors Court recipient as a sophomore. Rongstad completed his degree in biology in May.
Schalow played in 26 games last season and in 10.4 minutes per game averaged 3.1 points per contest. He hit on 46.2 percent of his 3-pointers, owned a 46.3 percentage from the field and went 12-for-13 (92.3%) from the charity stripe. He added 10 steals and seven assists. Schalow has earned Academic All-NSIC Team honors twice. Schalow is a physical education major.
The NABC Honors Court recognizes the talents and gifts that these men possess off the court and the hard work they exhibit in the classroom. In order to be named to the Honors Court, a student-athlete must meet a high standard of academic criteria. The student-athlete must be a varsity player, academically a junior or senior, own a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.2 or higher at the conclusion of the 2012-13 academic year, have matriculated at least one year at their current institution and be a member of an NCAA Division I, II, III, or NAIA Division I or II institution.
More than 700 student-athletes from 287 colleges and universities were named to the NABC Honors Court.
The Beavers posted an 18-12 overall record in 2012-13 to rank fifth all-time for wins in the 91-year history of the program. Entering the season, expectations of BSU from outsiders was dim, as the league coaches pegged the Beavers to finish tied for 12th in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference. Bemidji State proved it was worthy to battle in one of the nation's toughest conferences and finished the 22-game league schedule with a 13-9 mark to finish as the No. 3 seed in the NSIC North Divsion. Head coach Mike Boschee set the BSU record for most wins by a first-year head coach, as the Beavers made a run to the NSIC/Sanford Health Men's Basketball Tournament Championship – their first-ever run to the championship game. Bemidji State fell to No. 7 Minnesota State University, Mankato, 73-68 in the contest to fall just short of an automatic bid to the NCAA Central Region Tournament.
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Nestled in Northern Minnesota’s wooded region and located on the shore of Lake Bemidji, Bemidji State University sponsors 15 varsity athletic programs with NCAA Division I men’s and women’s hockey membership in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, while its 13 NCAA Division II programs hold membership in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).