BEMIDJI, Minn. –Bemidji State University men’s basketball student-athletes, Jake Schalow (Kaukauna, Wis.) and Brock Tesdahl (Crosby, Minn.), were honored Monday as the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) recognized a record 895 players from 338 colleges and universities with its annual Honors Court distinction. The NABC Honors Court recognizes the talents and gifts that these collegiate student-athletes possess off the court and the hard work they exhibit in the classroom.
The BSU duo marks the first NABC Honors Court recipients under current head Coach Mike Boschee.
Schalow averaged a career-high 13.1 points per game as a senior and led the NSIC with a 52.9 3-point percentage. He shot 93.8 percent from the free throw line to rank second in the league and in NCAA Division II, while his 54.9 percentage from the field ranked eighth in the NSIC. He added 3.4 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 34.2 minutes per game (T-4th in NSIC).
The Kaukauna, Wis. native totaled 699 points during his career. He shot 45.4 percent from 3-point land (138-for-304) and 48.1 percent from the field (201-for-418).
A senior in 2013-14, Schalow, a three-time Academic All-NSIC Team member, graduated with a degree in physical education.
Tesdahl posted the best performance of his career in a start on Feb. 15, 2014. He recorded eight points on 3-for-4 from the field and a 2-for-3 effort from beyond the arc in 10 minutes of play. He also added two rebounds. In 2013-14, Tesdahl played 50 minutes and totaled 26 points, three rebounds and three assists with just one turnover.
In three seasons with the Beavers, Tesdahl, a two-time Academic All-NSIC Team member, played in 26 games and totaled 31 points in 83 minutes.
Tesdahl graduated form BSU in the spring of 2014 with a social studies education degree.
In order to be named to the Honors Court, a student-athlete must meet a high standard of academic criteria which includes: being a junior or senior member of a varsity program; must have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.2 or higher at the conclusion of the 2013-14 academic year; must have matriculated at least one year at their current institution; and must attend an NCAA Division I, II, III, or NAIA Division I or II institution with a coach who carries a current NABC membership.
The National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) is located in Kansas City, Mo., and was founded in 1927 by Phog Allen, the legendary basketball coach at the University of Kansas. Allen, a student of James Naismith, the inventor of basketball, organized coaches into this collective group to serve as Guardians of the Game. The NABC currently claims nearly 5,000 members consisting primarily of university and college men’s basketball coaches. All members of the NABC are expected to uphold the core values of being a Guardian of the Game by bringing attention to the positive aspects of the sport of basketball and the role coaches play in the academic and athletic lives of today s student-athletes. The four core values of being a Guardian of the Game are advocacy, leadership, service and education. For additional information about the NABC, its programs and membership, go to www.nabc.org.
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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).