Rudolph named first team All-Central Region

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Minot State senior Tyler Rudolph was named to the 2017-18 Division II Conference Commissioners Association All-Central Region first team announced by the organization on Monday.

Rudolph, who was named Second Team All-Central Region last year, becomes the first Minot State player to garner first team honors since the Beavers made the move to NCAA Division II.

Rudolph was joined on the first team by Justin Pitts of Northwest Missouri State, Jhonathan Dunn of Southern Nazarene, Harrison Cleary of Minnesota Crookston and CJ Carr of Missouri Southern State.

The second team was comprised of Trey Lansman of Nebraska-Kearney, Brady Skeens of Washburn, Ryan Bruggemann of Southwest Minnesota State, Gage Davis of St. Cloud State and Ian Smith of Northern State.

The first and second teams were selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America from the region. The Central Region consists of 42 basketball programs from the NSIC, the Mid-America Conference and the Great American Conference.

Rudolph capped a brilliant career by being selected as the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Player of the Year as well as earning First Team All-NSIC honors. Rudolph led the Beavers in scoring, rebounding and field goal percentage. He is currently third in the NSIC averaging 21.0 points per game, ranks fifth in the conference averaging 7.7 rebounds per contest and is third in the league shooting 58.4 percent from the floor.

Rudolph broke the Minot State career scoring record when he tallied 13 points against Upper Iowa on Jan. 27 in the Minot State Dome and finished his career with 1,987 points. He also broke the MSU career rebounding record when he collected eight rebounds at Wayne State on Dec. 9 and he totaled 921 in his career.

Rudolph, who was named the NSIC North Player of the Week five times this season, also finished second in the NSIC career scoring with 1,494 points which trailed only Daniel Jansen of Augustana who had 1,521 points in his career.

This Bismarck, N.D. native reached double figures in scoring in 29 of the 30 games played this season including scoring a career-high 40 points in a victory over Mayville State on Nov. 14. He topped 20 points in a game on 15 occasions and had nine double-doubles.

Rudolph, along with the four other first team honorees, will now be eligible for the D2CCA All-America team.

The Division II Conference Commissioners Association All-America and All-Region Baseball Teams are sponsored by the Division II Conference Commissioners Association (D2CCA). The teams are voted on by the members of D2SIDA, NCAA Division II Sports Information Directors Association. The Division II Conference Commissioners Association encourages and promotes Division II athletics and high standards of sportsmanship as important elements of higher education. The CCA is a key communications link among the conferences as they discuss views, policies and regulations that impact Division II intercollegiate athletics and works closely with the NCAA as a communications channel to NCAA Division II member colleges and universities.

– Minot State athletics