BURNSVILLE, Minn. -- Bemidji State University guard Brock Lutes (Sr., Portland, Ore.) has been selected as the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) men’s basketball North Division Preseason Player of the Year, announced today by league officials.
Lutes is coming off a junior season in which he was named Daktronics All-Central Region Second Team, the NSIC Newcomer of the Year and All-NSIC First Team. He was the seventh player in BSU history to secure the league’s scoring title as he averaged 22.2 points per game in conference play and was honored as the NSIC Player of the Week on three occasions.
For the season he totaled 574 points (21.3 ppg) as he ranked seventh on BSU’s single-season scoring chart. He shot 50.1 percent from the field on 207-of-413 shooting and his 21.3 points per game finished 27th in NCAA Division II. He recorded an NSIC-best 15 games with 20 or more points with seven of those contests being 30-plus point performance. His season high of 43-points versus University of Mary fell just one shy of tying the BSU program record, was the best performance by an NSIC player in 2013-14 and tied for 10th in the nation.
In addition to Lutes, the NSIC recognized Minnesota State Mankato’s Zach Monaghan as its South Division Preseason Player of the Year.
In the preseason coaches’ poll, the Beavers were picked to finish fifth in the NSIC North Division and 11th overall.
NSIC coaches rank each team from 1 to 15 with a first place vote receiving 15 points, second place 14, third place 13, etc. Coaches do not rank their own team or vote for their own players.
During the 2013-14 season, the Beavers compiled an 18-9 overall record and a 15-7 record in the ever-grueling NSIC to earn a NSIC North Divisional Championship and tied for third overall.
Head coach Mike Boschee enters in his third season at the helm of the BSU men’s basketball team in 2014-15 with a 36-21 overall career record and 28-16 mark in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).
Bemidji State is set to get its 2014-15 campaign started Nov. 9 with an exhibition game at University of Northern Iowa. The regular season will then kick off with seven straight at home, starting with Crown College Nov. 14 at 7 p.m. from BSU Gymnasium.
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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).