Ellisor, Kinnell, Rongstad and Tesdahl named to NABC Honors Court
Monday, July 11, 2011
Ellisor, Kinnell, Rongstad and Tesdahl named to NABC Honors Court
KANSAS CITY, Mo.  – Four Bemidji State University men’s basketball student-athletes were honored today by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) for their efforts off the hardwood. The NABC Honors Court recognizes those collegiate basketball student-athletes who excelled in academics during the 2010-11 season. Senior James Ellisor (F, Glendale, Ariz.), senior Ryan Kinnell (C, Yuma, Ariz.), junior Lance Rongstad (G/F, Eleva, Wis.) and senior Bryce Tesdahl (G, Crosby, Minn.) earned the honor after posting a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher at the conclusion of the 2010-11 academic year.

Ellisor averaged 17.3 points and 7.0 rebounds per game and shot 57.9 percent from the field in 2010-11, leading the team in all three categories, earning him Second Team All-NSIC honors. He led the NSIC in field goal percentage, while ranking in the top 10 in steals (5th, 1.6 spg), blocks (7th, 0.9 bpg), scoring (7th) and rebounding (9th). He started 25 of 26 games for BSU and posted 10 20-plus scoring games and recorded double-figures in all but two contests. He averaged 32.3 minutes per game, playing 38 minutes in three contests throughout the season. His 78.8 percent from the free throw line was second on the team (at least 2.5 makes per game). Ellisor is a sport management major.

Kinnell played in 18 games and started twice. He averaged 8.2 minutes per game, tallying 1.2 points and 1.9 rebounds per contest. He posted a season-high seven rebounds at Jamestown College Nov. 29, adding two blocks. He saw the court for a season-high 20 minutes at Northern State Dec. 17 and recorded four points and five rebounds. Kinnell is a criminal justice major.

Rongstad averaged 12.2 points and 5.0 rebounds per game in NSIC play, while playing in an average of 28.5 minutes per conference contest. His 91-for-103 (88.3%) performance from the free throw line finished tied for third in the league and 19th in the nation. He scored in double-figures 12 times, five in the twenties, including 27 at St. Cloud State Jan. 14. Rongstad recorded his second-career double-double (11 points and career-high 13 rebounds) in a 101-76 road victory at Minnesota Duluth Jan. 3. He is a biology major.

Tesdahl led the NSIC and was ninth nationally in assists with 6.0 per game in 2010-11. His 156 assists on the season ranks second on BSU’s single season list. During the season he became BSU’s career assist leader. Tesdahl had four games with 10 or more assists (most in NSIC), including 11 (tied NSIC-high) Dec. 17, which tied a career-high and sits third on BSU’s single game chart. He added 9.5 points and 3.8 rebounds per game. In the NSIC, Tesdahl ranked third in assist/turnover ratio (1.79) and seventh in minutes (33.6 mpg). He is a physical education major and a two-time Academic All-NSIC Team member.

The NABC Honors Court recognizes the talents and gifts that these male student-athletes possess off the court, and the hard work they exhibit in the classroom. In order to be named to the Honors Court, an athlete must meet a high standard of academic criteria. The qualifications are as follows:
1. Academically a junior or senior and a varsity player.
2. Cumulative G.P.A. of 3.2 or higher at the conclusion of the 2010-11 academic year.
3. Students must have matriculated at least one year at their current institution.
4. Member of an NCAA Division I, II, III, or NAIA Institution.

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.

Bemidji State University, located in Bemidji, Minn., is an NCAA Division II institution and a member of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).