SPRINGFIELD, Mo.-- The National Christian College Athletic Association held its annual national awards banquet on the campus of Central Bible College on Wednesday afternoon. On the eve of their opening round game at the national championship tournament, North Central University senior Nathan Roeder was named the NCCAA National Player of the Year, received the Pete Maravich Memorial Award and became the first three time NCCAA 1st team All-American in Rams history.
Senior Nathan Roeder (Hudson, Wis./Hudson) added two prestigious awards to his already stellar final season for North Central University. The all-time leading scorer and assist man in Rams history was named the 2012-13 NCCAA Division II National Player of the Year as selected by the regional chairs and coaches of the association.
He was also chosen as the 2013 Pete Maravich Memorial Award winner. The Maravich Award recognizes the outstanding NCCAA student-athlete in Men's Basketball and highlights excellence in competition, skill, academics, and Christian service during their career. This award is sponsored by Mr. Gary Beck, manager of the Gary Beck Foundation and a former NCCAA All-American student-athlete from Greenville College (Greenville, Ill.). Roeder becomes the second player in NCU history to win this outstanding honor.
The amazing day for North Central Men's Basketball and Roeder was rapped up as he was named a first team NCCAA Division II All-American. He becomes the first three time, first team NCCAA All-American in program history.
Roeder and third seed North Central will open play at the NCCAA National Tourament tomorrow at 4 p.m. versus 11th seed Ozark Christian College (Joplin, Mo.).
Ozark upset national sixth seed Valley Forge Christian College (Phoenixville, Pa.) to advance to the final eight.