BURNSVILLE, Minn. – The Bemidji State University men’s basketball team was picked to finish seventh in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference North Division and 13th overall, as the NSIC Preseason Coaches’ Poll was released Thursday. Senior guard Kaylor Zimmerman was named the Player to Watch.
NSIC Regular Season Champions Augustana University and Minnesota State University Moorhead were selected to finish first and second, respectively, in the overall standings. Augustana received 225 points and 15 first-place votes while MSU Moorhead received 210 points and one first-place vote. Minnesota State University, Mankato, Winona State University and Northern State University round out the top five vote getters.
MSU Moorhead was picked first in the North Division with 49 points and seven first-place votes. Northern State followed in second with 43 points and one first-place vote. Bemidji State was selected seventh in the NSIC North, receiving 15 points, and 13th in the overall poll with 53 points.
Augustana forward Daniel Jansen was selected as the NSIC South Division Preseason Player of the Year while MSU Moorhead forward/center Isaac Sevlie was selected as the NSIC North Division Preseason Player of the Year.
NSIC coaches rank each team from one 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.
Guard Kaylor Zimmerman was selected as Bemidji State’s Player to Watch. The Green Bay, Wis., native averaged 7.9 points in 27 minutes per game in 2014-15. Zimmerman shot .465 from the field and .379 from behind the three-point arc. He totaled 76 rebounds to average three per game. Zimmerman ranked second on the team in assists with 57 and steals with 23.
The Beavers finished the 2014-15 season 8-19 overall and 4-18 in the NSIC. Bemidji State returns eight letterwinners from a season ago while bringing in 10 new student-athletes.
Head Coach Mike Boschee enters his fourth season with the program while totaling a 44-40 record with the Beavers.
Bemidji State begins the 2015-16 season with a weekend slate against Northland College Friday, Nov. 13 at 8 p.m. followed by Crown College Saturday, Nov. 14 at 8 p.m.
|1. Augustana (15)||225||1. MSU Moorhead (7)||49|
|2. MSU Moorhead (1)||210||2. Northern State (1)||43|
|3. Minnesota State||198||3. St. Cloud State||34|
|4. Winona State||165||4. Minnesota Duluth||33|
|5. Northern State||161||5. Minot State||22|
|6. St. Cloud State||150||6. University of Mary||17|
|7. Upper Iowa||128||7. Bemidji State||15|
|8. Southwest Minnesota State||127||8. Minnesota, Crookston||11|
|9. Concordia-St. Paul||118||South Division||Points|
|10. Minnesota Duluth||110||1. Augustana (7)||49|
|11. Minot State||78||2. Minnesota State (1)||43|
|12. Sioux Falls||72||3. Winona State||36|
|13. Bemidji State||53||4. Southwest Minnesota State||25|
|14. University of Mary||48||5. Upper Iowa||24|
|15. Wayne State||45||6. Concordia-St. Paul||24|
|16. Minnesota, Crookston||32||7. Sioux Falls||14|
|first place votes in ()||8. Wayne State||9|
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).