BLOOMINGTON, Minn. -- D3hoops.com announced its annual All-America and postseason awards for men's basketball on Saturday night and a pair of Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) players were among those recognized. St. Thomas freshman point guard Anders Nelson was named Division III's Rookie of the Year, while Augsburg junior guard and 2019 MIAC Player of the Year Booker Coplin was named to the Second Team All-America squad.
Nelson (Fr. | Edina) started all 29 games in his first season at St. Thomas, averaging 14.1 points and 4.5 assists in just under 26 minutes per game. The first-year point guard eclipsed 20 points in six games as a rookie, including a breakout 37-point performance in a wild 112-105 victory at Augsburg in January. He is the first MIAC player ever to be named D3hoops.com Rookie of the Year.
Coplin (Jr. | Shakopee, Minn.) earned his second All-America honor of the week after a breakout junior campaign that saw him reach the 20-point plateau in 24 of the team's 28 games, eclipsing 30 points 11 times while collecting 12 double-doubles along the way. Coplin became the first Auggie ever to earn First Team All-America and District Player of the Year honors from the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) on Thursday. A three-time D3hoops.com Team of the Week honoree as a junior, the 2019 MIAC Player of the Year set single-season program records for points (784) and points per game (28.0).