King on All-North Central Conference Team

King on All-North Central Conference Team Senior forward Tommie King of the South Dakota men's basketball team (21-9) has been named to the All-North Central Conference Team for the second consecutive season, according to an announcement Monday by the league office.

Senior forward Derek Paben, junior guard Josh Mueller and sophomore forward Turner Trofholz all earned honorable mention all-conference honors.

King, who is the only two-time selection on the 12-player list, leads the NCC in scoring this season with 21.9 points per game. A preseason First-Team

All-American by Street & Smith's magazine, King ranks fifth in the NCC in field goal percentage (51.7) and 10th in free-throw percentage (80.5).

Earlier this season, the Seattle, WA, native became the 15th player during Head Coach Dave Boots' tenure to reach the 1,000-point plateau (1,113 career points).

One of the top three-point shooters in the league, Paben ranks third on the team and 12th in the conference in scoring at 14.7 points per game. The Pickrell, NE, native ranks second in the NCC in three-point field goal percentage (46.7) and first in three-pointers per game (2.87).

Mueller, who was named All-NCC in each of the previous two seasons, ranks second on the team and eighth in the league in scoring at 15.6 points per game. A native of Hartford, Mueller leads the NCC and was tied for the best assist per game average in NCAA Division II at 7.87 assists per game

heading into last week's play. He also leads the conference with 2.33 steals per game.

Trofholz, a native of Schuyler, NE, owns the best field goal percentage in the conference at 67.6 percent. Trofholz ranks 17th in the league in scoring at 12.6 points per game and third in rebounding at 7.4 boards per game. He also leads the NCC in offensive rebounds per game with 3.10.

South Dakota opens NCAA Division II North Central Region play on Saturday at 1 p.m. against Nebraska-Omaha in Denver, CO.

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