BEMIDJI, Minn. -- Bemidji State University men’s basketball head coach Mike Boschee announced the signing of Edgars Kaufmanis, who will join the team as a junior during the 2020-21 season.
All student-athletes’ acceptances are contingent upon admission to BSU and compliance with NCAA rules, including certification by the NCAA Eligibility Center.
“Edgars is a skilled physical inside/out forward that can shoot it, drive it and has great basketball IQ,” Boschee said. “He brings good experiences playing at the Division I level that will translate very well into the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference. He is also a high academic kid that cares about doing things the right way on and off the court. We are looking forward to having Edgars join the BSU basketball program.”
Edgars Kaufmanis, a 6-foot-4-inch guard/forward from Valmiera, Latvia, played last season at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi after beginning his collegiate career at North Platte Community College in 2018-19. He played in 11 games with the Islanders last season, recording three points against North Dakota State University and the University of Nebraska. Kaufmanis totaled five rebounds, three steals and two assists during his sophomore season. During his freshman season, he appeared in 29 games for the Knights. Kaufmanis helped NPCC to a 24-5 overall record and an appearance in the Region IX Tournament after averaging 10.1 points, 5.3 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.0 steal per game. He scored in double figures 11 times and had two 20-point performances.
Prior to his time in the United States, Kaufmanis played basketball at Valmieras Pargauja High School. He won four national championships for his age group and was named MVP during three of those seasons. Kaufmanis was named an All-Star 5 for six seasons in a row and earned the Valdermara Baumana Kauss Award, given to the best player in the country for their age. Three former winners of the award are now playing in the NBA.
Kaufmanis, born Jan. 1, 1999, is the son of Alvils Kaufmanis and Eva Kaufmane. His brother, Jānis, currently plays professional basketball for BK Ventspils in the top tier Latvian-Estonian Basketball League, while his father and grandfather also played professional basketball. Kaufmanis plans to major in communications at Bemidji State.
Kaufmanis is the fifth member of the incoming 2020-21 class for Bemidji State, joining freshmen Michael Casper and Wyatt Olson, and transfers Tyler Behrendt and Mohamed Kone.
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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).