Trofholz named men’s BB North Central Conference MVP

Trofholz named men's BB North Central Conference MVP South Dakota junior forward Turner Trofholz has been named the North Central Conference men's basketball Most Valuable Player and senior guard Josh Mueller was also named to the all-league team.

Trofholz and Mueller have led the Coyotes to a 25-5 mark, which ties the all-time mark for victories in a season at USD.

In 2004-05, the pair of Mueller and Trofholz provided an inside/outside presence that help USD to a second-place finish in the NCC (8-4) after opening league play at 2-4. The duo has helped USD to a current nine-game winning streak, the NCC Wells Fargo Conference Tournament title, an automatic berth in the regional, and consecutive appearances in the NCAA Division II Playoffs.

Trofholz, a 6-8 forward who was named the NCC Wells Fargo Finals Conference MVP on Saturday, is one of the league's best post players and an All-American candidate. He becomes USD's sixth NCC MVP. Trofholz, who ranks second in the NCC in scoring at 20.6 points, has reached double figures in every game this season (30) and has 47 double digit scoring games in his career.

In leading the Coyotes to its second-ever league tournament title, Trofholz scored 71 points and had 28 rebounds in the three USD wins (Augustana, 81-71; St. Cloud State, 80-56; Minnesota State, Mankato, 87-72). In NCC play, Trofholz scored a league-best 22.6 points per game.

Fifteen times this season, Trofholz has scored 20 or more points and he owns a season/career best of 33 points against Minnesota State, Mankato on Jan. 29. The junior forward also ranks second in the NCC in rebounding at 7.9 per contest and is second in the league and eighth nationally in field goal shooting at 62.8 percent (237-of-377).

In his career, Trofholz has scored 1,194 points, becoming the 16th player who has played for Dave Boots and 35th player in school history to reach the 1,000-point plateau.

Trofholz, who was named to the ESPN the Magazine/ CoSIDA First Team All-Academic District VII team, has 13 career double doubles, including 28 points and career-high 16 rebounds in the NCC Tournament Championship win over Minnesota State, Mankato (87-72). One of Trofholz's most impressive feats this season came against West Region top seed Western Washington (21-6), when he scored 21 points in just 13 minutes of play in a 95-77 Coyote win in Las Vegas, NV. He played just 58 seconds in the first half after picking up two quick fouls.

Trofholz, a health, physical education and recreation major, has also converted 143-of-190 (75.3 percent) of his free throws this season.

Mueller, who earlier was selected as a Bob Cousy Point Guard of the Year finalist for the second straight year, was named to the All-NCC team for the third time. This season, Mueller ranks third in the league in scoring at 18.6 points per game and he also averages 4.5 assists. Mueller scored 60 points and was one of three Coyotes named to the All-NCC Wells Fargo Finals Tournament team on Saturday.

A senior guard, Mueller will rank as one of the Coyotes' all-time greats when he is done playing at South Dakota. A contemporary media and journalism major, Mueller is the career leader at USD in assists (788), steals (255) and career three-point field goals (293). Mueller ranks second in points.

with 1,929 career points at USD.

Mueller, who was named All-NCC as a freshman and sophomore, owns three of the top 10 single season assist marks and three of the top 10 single season steal marks. He now has 97 career double digit scoring games, and 20 double doubles.

He scored a career high of 36 points vs. Tampa on Nov. 28, 2003. He also has a career best of 16 assists vs. Northern Colorado on Feb. 2, 2002; and 11 rebounds vs. Nebraska-Omaha on Jan. 23, 2003 and Morningside on Dec. 16, 2004. Twice he has made seven three-pointers in a game.

As a sophomore, he was named to the All-North Central Region Second Team by both the NABC and Daktronics, Inc. That season he led the league in assists and ranked fourth nationally with 8.1 per game.

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