Kudera named to Daktronics All-Region Team Jeremy Kudera, a 6' 7" senior forward on The University of South Dakota men's basketball team, has been named to the 2001 Daktronics Division II All-North Central Region men's basketball team.
The team, which includes four NCC players, is selected by the sports information directors of NCAA Division II member institutions. The team includes Scott Koenen of Southwest State, Kudera, Rado Rancik of St. Cloud State, Kyle Behrens of North Dakota, and Denver TenBroek of North Dakota State.
Kudera, a native of Dell Rapids, has a 3.974 grade point average in pre-medicine. A three-time all-NCC selection, Kudera was earlier named to the Verizon Academic All-District team for a third straight year. Kudera has also been named academic all-NCC for the third straight year.
Kudera, who ranks third in NCAA Division II for free throw shooting (92.9 percent), was named NCC Player of the Week in February. He finished fourth in NCC in rebounding (212, 7.6 rpg); first in free throw shooting (92.9 percent, 78-84) and defensive rebounds (169, 6.04 rpg); and second in conference in 3-point field goals (78, 2.79 per game).
He scored in double figures 20 times in 2000-01 and 75 times in his brilliant career. He had a season and career high of 26 points in 86-80 overtime win over Wayne State Nov. 17, 2000 at the Quad State Classic in Morris, MN.
Kudera had a career-high 18 rebounds in an 83-70 win over Nebraska-Omaha on Jan. 6. He is the son of Steve and Marilyn Kudera.
The second team includes Wayne Rhymes of the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs; Kyle Schlaak of Winona State University; Matt Schneiderman of Morningside College; Nick Svchla of the University of Nebraska-Kearney, and Tony Thomas of Fort Hays State. The team is sponsored by Daktronics, Inc., an acknowledged world leader in scoring, and timing and programmable display systems for virtually every sport at every level of competition.
South Dakota finished the year 22-6, including a 14-4 mark in the NCC. It was the Coyotes' third consecutive NCC title.