Trofholz garners second NCC MVP award

Trofholz garners second NCC MVP award
Senior All-American Turner Trofholz has become the first South Dakota men's basketball player since Jim Daniels (1957-58), and the seventh player in North Central Conference history, to earn back-to-back NCC Most Valuable Player honors, according to an announcement released March 6 by the league office.

Guard Jesse Becker (Plymouth, MN) was selected the NCC Freshman of the Year, becoming the first USD men's basketball player to earn the award since it was established in 1997. In addition, sophomore forward Eric Hall (Huron) was tabbed honorable mention All-NCC. The All-NCC team and various awards were determined through a vote of the basketball coaches in the conference.

Trofholz, a Schuyler, NE, native, leads the league in scoring at 21.7 points and rebounding at 9.8 boards per game. Trofholz also leads the NCC in field goal shooting percentage at 59.0 percent (240-of-407). He is the fifth player in school history to be named NCC MVP, joining Daniels, Dick Authier (1972), Randy Rosenquist (1994) and Nate Blessen (2000).

"This is another great honor for Turner (Trofholz) and well-deserved," said USD head coach Dave Boots, who has had three players earn NCC MVP honors (Trofholz, Blessen, Rosenquist). "Turner is a great leader, who has excelled on and off the court. He has had a great senior season despite defenses keying on him every night."

Trofholz, who was one of five players to repeat on the All-NCC team, has become the first student-athlete in school history to accumulate 1,900 points (1,910) and 900 rebounds (907). Through 29 games this season, Trofholz is third all-time at USD in scoring with 1,910 points and his 907 rebounds place him second in school history.

Trofholz has moved into eighth-place in career blocked shots with 45 and is 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 62.2 percent (743-of-1194) for his career (122 games).

For his career, Trofholz has scored in double figures 90 times, including 64 straight. He has also scored 20 or more points in a game 43 times in his career. Trofholz has collected 27 career double doubles, including 15 this season. In the 2005-06 season, he has scored over 20 points in 20-of-29 games and reached 30 points on two occasions.

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. Additionally, he garnered his second-straight ESPN the Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-America District VII honor and was named Academic All-NCC for the second straight season.

This season, Becker started 15-of-29 games and averaged 12.5 points per game to lead all freshmen in the league (12th, overall). He also shot 44.1 percent (67-of-152) from three-point range (third, NCC) and 83.3 percent (65-of-78) at the free throw line (third, NCC), while his 2.31 three-point field goals per game ranks seventh among the conference leaders.

Hall is averaging 14.0 points (sixth, NCC) and 4.9 rebounds per game (ninth, NCC) in his first full season as a starter. Hall's 81 made three-point field goals (2.79/gm) is second in the NCC.

Minnesota State's Matt Margenthaler was named Coach of the Year, while MSU student-athletes Chris Whitfield and Paris Kyles were named Defensive and Newcomer of the Year, respectively.

Eighth-seeded South Dakota will travel to Winona, MN, on Saturday, March 11, to take on top-seeded and sixth-ranked Winona State in the first round of the NCAA Division II North Central Regional Tournament at 6 p.m.

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