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Men's College Basketball: Former Flyer Kornbaum receives honors

MINNEAPOLIS — For the second straight year, Augsburg College men’s basketball post player Dan Kornbaum, a senior from Little Falls, was named to all-region and all-district teams by and the National Association of Basketball Coaches, this year earlier this week.

On Monday, Kornbaum was named to the All-West Region first team, and on Tuesday he was named to the NABC All-West District first team. Last year, Kornbaum earned second-team West all-region/district honors from both groups.

Kornbaum had the best year of his collegiate career this season, earning Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Player of the Year honors, in addition to being named to the All-MIAC team for the second straight year. He was also named one of 10 finalists nationwide for the Josten’s Trophy, awarded to the most outstanding student-athlete in NCAA Division III basketball.

In addition, Kornbaum will play in the Reese’s Division III All-Star Game at Salem, Va., on Saturday, March 22, after winning an online vote on the website.

Kornbaum was one of the most dominant big men in small-college basketball this season, averaging 19.3 points and 7.9 rebounds. He was the MIAC scoring champion in overall (19.3) and conference games-only (19.1).

In MIAC overall statistics, Kornbaum led the league in points scored (502), field goals made (208) and blocked shots (43), while ranking second in field-goal percentage (.667), rebounds per game (7.9), overall rebounds (205) and offensive rebounds (66), and ranked third in defensive rebounds (139).

Among Division III players nationally, Kornbaum ranks fourth in field-goal percentage (.667) and ninth in field goals made (208), while ranking 58th in points per game (19.3). He recorded six point-rebound double-doubles this season, while recording 20-plus points 13 times.

In two seasons at Augsburg, after transferring from Division II Minnesota-Duluth (54 games, 54 starts), Kornbaum recorded 1,015 points (18.8 ppg), along with 430 rebounds (8.0 rpg), 81 blocked shots, 31 steals and 84 assists.

His 1,015 Augsburg points are 20th-most in school history, while his 18.8 points per-game are fifth-best and 8.0 rebounds per-game are tied for ninth-best. His 81 blocked shots are fifth-most in school history, and his .625 field-goal percentage is second-best.

Including his two seasons at Minnesota-Duluth (107 games, 57 starts), Kornbaum finished his college career with 1,296 points (12.1 ppg). 607 rebounds (5.7 rpg), 126 blocked shots, 88 assists, 40 steals and a .611 field-goal percentage.

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