Roeder Named UMAC Player of the Year; Chafin selected Freshman of the Year

Roeder Named UMAC Player of the Year; Chafin selected Freshman of the Year

ST. PAUL, Minn.-- The Upper Midwest Athletic Conference released its 2012-13 Men's Basketball Awards list on Wednesday afternoon and North Central grabbed headlines by having two players earn top awards along with two others being named to the league awards list. Nathan Roeder was named the UMAC Player of the Year and Luke Chafin was selected as the Freshman of the Year for the 2012-13 season.

Senior Nathan Roeder (Hudson, Wis./Hudson) was chosen as the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference Player of the Year and a first team All-UMAC selection following his outstanding final season in the Navy Blue and Vegas Gold. Roeder was a two time UMAC Athlete of the Week award recipient in a year where he led the league in scoring (24.1 PPG) and steals (2.3 SPG) per game while standing second in assists (4.2 APG) per contest.

Roeder also became the Rams all-time leading career scorer and set the NCU single game scoring mark during the 2012-13 season. He netted 51 points against Minnesota-Morris in Morris on January 19 to help NCU to a 99-92 victory. That effort broke his own single game record of 44 and earned him UMAC Player of the week honors. His career point total currently stands at more than 2150 points.

Sophomore Luke Chafin was chosen as the freshman of the year for the UMAC following his first year at NCU. Chafin averaged 14.3 points a game in league play while scoring 12.9 per contest overall which were ninth and twevleth in the UMAC respectively. He was also tenth in overall rebounding with six boards a game while averaging 5.6 in league play which stood 13th.

Sophomore Jordan Harrell (Maple Grove, Minn./Maple Grove) was named an honorable mention All-UMAC selection after proving himself as one of the top post players in the Rams first season in the league. Harrell was one of just four players to post top ten numbers in points and rebounds per game in conference. He was fifth (7.6 RPG) in rebounding and seventh in scoring (14.6 PPG). 

Junior Ben Peters (Faribault, Minn./Bethany Academy) was chosen as the Rams Sportmanship Award winner.

Roeder, Chafin and Harrell become the first Rams selected to the UMAC post season awards list in Men's Basketball after the first year in league play for NCU. Roeder and Chafin will be the first chosen for their respective awards as well.