The Shakopee Valley News:
Augsburg University men’s basketball junior guard Booker Coplin, a Shakopee graduate, capped his remarkable 2018-19 season by being named as the Division III National Player of the Year by the National Association of Basketball Coaches.
It’s the first time that an Augsburg men’s basketball player has ever been selected as Division III National Player of the Year by the NABC.
The NABC National Player of the Year award caps Coplin’s tremendous season, one of the best individual campaigns for an Auggie in school history.
This season, he was the leader of an Augsburg men’s basketball squad that reached the MIAC playoff title game for the second season in a row — both times advancing to the final from the No. 4 seed. Augsburg finished 19-9 overall, 13-7 in MIAC play, reaching the conference playoffs for the fourth straight season and ninth time in the last 11 years.
The MIAC’s scoring champion, Coplin set Augsburg single-season school records for both points with 784 and points per-game average with 28. He also set a new single-season record for three-pointers with 76.
He also put new marks in the school record-book in eight other top-10 single-season categories — second in rebounds and free-throw percentage, third in steals, fourth in field goals, field-goal attempts and free throws, fifth in rebounds per-game, and seventh in free-throw attempts. His 93 assists are 16th-most in a single season in program history.