Trofholz earns magazine, CoSIDA All-America honor

Trofholz earns magazine, CoSIDA All-America honor
Senior All-American Turner Trofholz of the South Dakota men's basketball team has been named to the ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-America District VII Second-Team, as voted upon by sports information directors across the country and released by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Feb. 9.

Trofholz, who carries a 3.48 grade point average in health, physical education and recreation, has led the Coyotes to a 16-6 record and 4-3 mark in the North Central Conference. Currently, the 6-8 forward from Schuyler, NE, is averaging 20.9 points (second, NCC; 27th, D-II), 9.6 rebounds per game (first, NCC; 11th, D-II) and leads the conference in field goal shooting at 60.3 percent (187-of-310).

This season, the National Player of the Year candidate has become the first student-athlete in school history to accumulate 1,700 points (1,739) and 800 rebounds (836), through 22 games this season. His 836 rebounds place him second in school history. Trofholz has moved into a tie for ninth place in career blocked shots at USD with 44. He is also on the verge of breaking the career field goal percentage mark of 52.5 percent (881-of-1677) set by Tim Hatchett (1986-90) in 120 games. Currently, Trofholz is shooting 62.9 percent (680-of-1081) for his career (115 games).

The son of Dana and Tracy Trofholz, he has scored in double figures 83 times during his career and has a consecutive string of 57 double digit scoring games. He has also scored 20 or more points in a game 37 times in his career. Trofholz has collected 25 career double doubles, including 11 this season. In the 2005-06 season, he has scored over 20 points in 14-of-22 games.

Earlier this season, Trofholz was named the Division II Bulletin Preseason Player of the Year, becoming USD's first-ever men's basketball player to earn the award. Trofholz also picked up preseason All-American honors from Street & Smith's Magazine.

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