Booker Coplin named to NABC Coaches' All-America Team

Booker Coplin is the first Auggie ever to earn NABC First Team All-America honors. (Photo: Kevin Healy | Augsburg University)
Booker Coplin is the first Auggie ever to earn NABC First Team All-America honors. (Photo: Kevin Healy | Augsburg University)

Don Stoner, Augsburg Sports Information Department

MINNEAPOLIS -- Augsburg University men's basketball guard Booker Coplin (JR, Shakopee, Minn./Shakopee HS) continued to be honored for his remarkable 2018-19 season, as he was named to the Coaches' Division III All-America Team by the National Association of Basketball Coaches as a first-team honoree on Thursday.

It's the fifth time an Augsburg player has earned NABC Coaches' All-American honors in the program's NCAA Division III history (since 1985), and the first time an Auggie has been named a first-team selection. Collin Olmscheid '18 was a second-team selection in 2018Dan Kornbaum '14 was a second-team selection in 2014, and Devean George '99 was a second-team selection in both 1998 and 1999.

The award is the latest this week for Coplin, as he was named NABC Division III West District Player of the Year and as a first-team honoree to the NABC Coaches' Division III All-West District Team on Wednesday. Also on Wednesday, he was named to the Google Cloud Academic All-America Division III Men's Basketball Team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America, as a second-team honoree. On Monday, he was named to the All-West Region team as a first-team honoree, and he could also be named to the All-America team later this week at the NCAA Division III National Championships in Fort Wayne, Ind.

A total of 24 players were named to three NABC Coaches' All-America teams of eight players each, as voted on by NCAA Division III member coaches of the NABC.

Coplin had one of the best individual seasons in Augsburg men's basketball history, as he was named the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference's Player of the Year -- the seventh time an Auggie has received the men's basketball conference honor -- and was named to the All-MIAC first team, after receiving All-MIAC second-team honors last year. He earned MIAC Athlete of the Week honors four times this season, and was named to the national Team of the Week three times.

This season, he was the leader of an Augsburg men's basketball squad that reached the MIAC playoff title game for the second season in a row -- both times advancing to the final from the No. 4 seed. Augsburg finished 19-9 overall, 13-7 in MIAC play, reaching the conference playoffs for the fourth straight season and ninth time in the last 11 years.

The MIAC's scoring champion in 2018-19, Coplin set Augsburg single-season school records for both points (784) and points per-game (28.0), breaking the old marks of 770 points and 27.5 points per-game, set by George in the 1998-99 season. Coplin's scoring and rebounding averages of 28.0 points and 9.4 rebounds per-game are the best combined totals for an Auggie since George's 27.5 points and 11.3 rebounds per-game averages in 1998-99. He also set a new single-season record for three-pointers with 76, breaking the old mark of 75 set by Scott Syring '93 in the 1989-90 season.

He also put new marks in the school record-book in eight other top-10 single-season (since 1970) categories -- second in rebounds (264) and free-throw percentage (.897), third in steals (61), fourth in field goals (276), field-goal attempts (530) and free throws (156), fifth in rebounds per-game (9.4), and seventh in free-throw attempts (174). His 93 assists are 16th-most in a single season in program history.

He led the conference in both overall scoring (28.0 points per-game) and rebounding (9.4 per-game). His 61 steals led the MIAC in overall statistics, as did his 276  field goals, 156 free throws and 264 total rebounds. He finished second among MIAC players in three-pointers (76), fifth in assists (93) and sixth in blocked shots (27), playing in a league-high 36.1 minutes per-game. Among NCAA Division III players nationally (as of March 9), Coplin currently ranks second in both total points and points per-game, also ranking second in field goals made and third in field-goal attempts.

This season, Coplin scored in double figures in all 28 games, collecting 12 point-rebound double-doubles. He scored 20-plus points in 24 games and 30-plus points in 11 contests, including his last four games of the season where he scored 43, 33, 32 and a career-high 46 points. He also contributed one of the most dramatic shots in Augsburg history -- a game-winning three-pointer at the buzzer to give Augsburg a 67-64 first-round playoff win over St. Olaf on Feb. 19.

A transfer who played his first season at Wisconsin-River Falls, Coplin has shined in his two Auggie seasons, now standing 13th in school history with 1,167 points in an Auggie uniform (57 games, 55 starts). His 20.5 Augsburg points per-game career average is currently fourth-best in school history. His .884 free-throw percentage at Augsburg is currently tops in program history, while his 7.9 rebounds per-game average is 11th-best and his 117 three-pointers are 14th-most. He has 448 rebounds, 181 assists, 115 steals and 37 blocked shots as an Auggie. Including his first year at UW-River Falls (85 games, 65 starts), Coplin now has scored 1,251 career points (14.7 per-game), with 505 rebounds (5.9 per-game), 131 three-pointers, 212 assists, 136 steals and 42 blocked shots.

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