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1999-00 Augsburg Men's Basketball Preview
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Last Year: 24-4 overall, 19-1 MIAC, 1st Place

College College Information
General Information
School: Augsburg College
Founded: 1869
Location: 2211 Riverside Ave., Minneapolis, Minn.
Enrollment: 3,053 (undergrad, weekend, graduate)
President: Dr. William V. Frame
Athletic Director: Paul Grauer (men), Marilyn Florian (women)
Team Nickname: Auggies
Colors: Maroon and Gray
Home Arena -- Si Melby Hall (2,800)
Radio/Press phone lines -- 612-330-1236, 612-330-1804

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Brian Ammann
Head Coach: Brian Ammann

Coaching Staff
Men's Basketball Staff
Head Coach: Brian Ammann
(Augsburg '85), 12th season at Augsburg
Career/Augsburg Record: 148-127 (11 seasons)
Coach's phone/best time to call: (612) 330-1238/Afternoons
Assistant Coach: David Staniger, Mark Rudolph, Tom Conroy, David Roeske-Carlson

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Sports Information
SID: Don Stoner
Office Phone: 612-330-1677
Home Phone: 612-656-6665
Fax: 612-330-1780
E-Mail Address: stoner@augsburg.edu
WWW Address:  http://www.augsburg.edu/athletics/
 

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 1998-99 game by game results
1998-99 record -- 24-4 overall, 19-1 MIAC (Regular season champions, NCAA
Div. III national tourney second round)
Date Opponent (* denotes MIAC opponents) Site Time/Result
Saturday, Nov. 21 Martin Luther College New Ulm, Minn. W 129-92
Tuesday, Nov. 24 St. Cloud State St. Cloud, Minn. W 122-121 (4 OT)
Saturday, Nov. 28 Concordia University-St. Paul Si Melby Hall W 97-82
Tuesday, Dec. 1 College of St. Scholastica Duluth, Minn. L 91-80
Saturday, Dec. 5 Concordia College-Moorhead * # Si Melby Hall W 95-83
Wednesday, Dec. 9 Gustavus Adolphus College * # Si Melby Hall L 80-69
Saturday, Dec. 12 Bethel College * Arden Hills, Minn. W 78-72
Saturday, Jan. 2 St. Mary's University * Si Melby Hall W 69-62
Monday, Jan. 4 University of St. Thomas * St. Paul, Minn. W 95-74
Saturday, Jan. 9 Macalester College * Si Melby Hall W 100-57
Monday, Jan. 11 St. John's University * Collegeville, Minn. W 80-72
Wednesday, Jan. 13 St. Olaf College * # Si Melby Hall W 75-69
Saturday, Jan. 16 Carleton College * Northfield, Minn. W 105-97 (OT)
Wednesday, Jan. 20 Hamline University * Si Melby Hall W 90-63
Saturday, Jan. 23 Concordia College-Moorhead * Moorhead, Minn. W 78-67
Wednesday, Jan. 27 Gustavus Adolphus College * # St. Peter, Minn. W 57-56
Saturday, Jan. 30 Bethel College * Si Melby Hall W 102-83
Monday, Feb. 1 St. Mary's University * Winona, Minn. W 70-68
Wednesday, Feb. 3 University of St. Thomas * # Si Melby Hall W 70-60
Wednesday, Feb. 10 Macalester College * St. Paul, Minn. W 65-62
Saturday, Feb. 13 St. John's University * Si Melby Hall W 85-81
Monday, Feb. 15 St. Olaf College * Northfield, Minn. W 94-80
Wednesday, Feb. 17 Carleton College * # Si Melby Hall W 77-60
Saturday, Feb. 20 Hamline University * St. Paul, Minn. W 96-87
Thursday, Feb. 25 MIAC Playoff Semifinals vs. Carleton # Si Melby Hall W 99-63
Saturday, Feb. 27 MIAC Playoff Finals vs. Gustavus # Si Melby Hall L 66-64
Thursday, March 4 NCAA Division III National Playoffs First Round
vs. Nebraska Wesleyan University Si Melby Hall W 102-91
Saturday, March 6 NCAA Division III National Playoffs Second Round
at University of Wisconsin-Platteville Williams Fieldhouse, Platteville, Wis. L 85-53
 
 

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1999-2000 Schedule
Augsburg College Auggies Men's Basketball
Home games at Si Melby Hall, Minneapolis, Minn.; * denotes MIAC games
Date Opponent Site Time
F-S Nov. 19-20 UW-Stout Tournament, Menomonie, Wis.
 11/19 vs. Cardinal Stritch (Wis.) 5 p.m.
 11/19 Wis.-Stout vs. Soumi (Mich.) 7 p.m.
 11/20 3rd place--5 p.m., Championship--7 p.m.
Wed., Dec. 1 Viterbo (Wis.) La Crosse, Wis. 7 p.m.
Sat., Dec. 4 Concordia-M'hd * Home 3 p.m.
Wed., Dec. 8 Gustavus * St. Peter 7:30 p.m.
Sat., Dec. 11 Bethel * Home 3 p.m.
Mon., Jan. 3 St. Mary's * Winona 7:30 p.m.
Wed., Jan. 5 St. Thomas * Home 7:30 p.m.
Mon., Jan. 10 Macalester * St. Paul 7:30 p.m.
Wed., Jan. 12 St. John's * Home 7:30 p.m.
Sat., Jan. 15 St. Olaf * Northfield 3 p.m.
Mon., Jan. 17 Carleton * Home 7:30 p.m.
Wed., Jan. 19 Hamline * St. Paul 7:30 p.m.
Sat., Jan. 22 Concordia-M'hd * Moorhead 3 p.m.
Wed., Jan. 26 Gustavus * Home 7:30 p.m.
Sat., Jan. 29 Bethel * Arden Hills 3 p.m.
Mon., Jan. 31 St. Mary's * Home 7:30 p.m.
Wed., Feb. 2 St. Thomas * St. Paul 7:30 p.m.
Wed., Feb. 9 Macalester * Home 7:30 p.m.
Sat., Feb. 12 St. John's * Collegeville 3 p.m.
Mon., Feb. 14 St. Olaf * Home 7:30 p.m.
Wed., Feb. 16 Carleton * Northfield 7:30 p.m.
Sat., Feb. 19 Hamline * Home 3 p.m.
Thu., Feb. 24 MIAC Playoff Semifinals 7:30 p.m.
Sat., Feb. 26 MIAC Playoff Finals 7:30 p.m.

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Brief Player & Team Information
1998-99 record -- 24-4 overall, 19-1 MIAC (Regular season champions, NCAA
Div. III national tourney second round)
Starters Returning: 3
Varsity Returners: 11
Letterwinners Returning/Lost: 12/12
Newcomers: 14
Position Breakdown: 17 G, 2 G/F, 7 F
Year Breakdown: 7 seniors, 6 juniors, 6 sophomores, 7 freshmen
 

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Key Returning Players
Jeoffrey Reed (Sr., Minneapolis, Minn./De La Salle HS), 6-0 PG, 9.4 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 3.6 apg, MIAC All-Defensive Team 1998-99 in first year as full-time starter
Kevin Van Rossum (Sr., Green Bay, Wis./Preble HS), 6-0 G, 10.8 ppg, 1.2 apg, 1.2 rpg, .396 3-point percentage, 166 career 3-pointers (career record is 185), 633 career points as three-year starting off-guard
Jason Beckendorf (Sr., Lakeville, Minn.) 6-3 G/F, 7.8 ppg, 3.0 rpg, two-year starting swingman
Justin Wismer (Sr., Golden Valley, Minn./Blake HS), 6-6 F, did not play in 1998-99 season, key member of 1997-98 lineup, averaging 7.3 ppg and 3.7 rpg
Kyle Crubel (Sr., Bloomington, Wis.), 6-4 F, 3.0 ppg, 2.3 rpg, key reserve forward last season
John Anderson (Sr., Bloomington, Minn./Kennedy HS), 6-3 G, 4.3 ppg, 1.1 rpg, 34 three-pointers in 1998-99
Chris Ohnstad (So., Faribault, Minn.), 6-3 G, 2.7 ppg
Adam Erickson (Sr., Cambridge, Minn./Cambridge-Isanti HS), 6-3 G, 2.3 ppg
Josh Natzel (So., St. Louis Park, Minn.), 6-4 F, 1.9 ppg, 1.2 apg

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Key Newcomers
Daryl House (So., Minneapolis, Minn./South HS), 5-10 PG, transfer from Central Lakes CC (Brainerd, Minn.)
Travis Hinze (Jr., Janesville, Minn./Janesville-Waldorf-Pemberton HS), 6-0 G, transfer from Bethany Lutheran College (Mankato, Minn.), led JUCO in three-point shooting accuracy (44 percent)
Nathan Hoerr (Jr., Burnsville, Minn.), 6-0 G, transfer from Dickinson State (N.D.)
Jeff Grauer (Jr., St. Paul, Minn./Harding HS), 5-11 G
Matt Davis (Jr., Marshall, Minn.), 6-4 F, transfer from Fergus Falls (Minn.) CC, national JUCO champs in 1997-98
Drew Lemmie (Fr., Minneapolis, Minn./North HS), 6-6 F, four straight state tourney teams and two state titles at North
 

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Key Player Losses
Devean George, 6-8 F, graduated, 27.5 ppg, 11.3 rpg last season, All-MIAC three years, two-time MIAC Player of the Year, consensus D-III first-team All-American, drafted by Los Angeles Lakers in first round (No. 23) of NBA Draft, made Lakers roster for regular season
Kris Long, 6-6 F, graduated, 11.7 ppg, 7.4 rpg last season, All-MIAC 1998-99
Drazen Kasaic, 6-8 C, graduated, 3.1 ppg, 2.1 rpg last season, key backup post player
Eric Herried, 6-2 G, graduated, 2.2 ppg last season as key reserve guard

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Season Outlook/Notes:
Preview By Don Stoner, Augsburg College Sports Information Coordinator

MINNEAPOLIS (11/3/99) - As we approach the dawn of the new millennium, it is also the dawn of a new era for the Augsburg College men's basketball team.

You could call the 1999-2000 season "1 A.D." for the Auggies, as in "After Devean."

It's the first season in four years that Augsburg will be taking the basketball court without the dynamic Devean George in the lineup - a once-in-a-lifetime player so talented that he became the first NCAA Division III player ever selected in the first round of the NBA Draft, when the Los Angeles Lakers selected him as the 23rd overall pick in June.

But it's not all despair on the Augsburg campus this season, for even without George in the lineup, the Auggies still return a talented group that will bring a familiar style of basketball to the fans at Si Melby Hall.

"For us, we're not starting over, but in a way, it may be a whole new team," said Brian Ammann, entering his 12th year as head coach of the Auggies. "We have a fair number of returning players who will be able to adjust to our style of play. We're going to go back to what we were like two years ago -- a high-pressure, 40-minute game, lots of full-court pressure. We'll play a lot of players, 12 or 13. It's going to be different than what we were last year."

Yes, George and his 27.5 points/11.3 rebounds per game are gone, along with fellow post player Kris Long and his 11.7 points and 7.4 rebounds per game. But a talented cadre of players returns, along with one of the best recruiting/transfer classes Ammann has ever assembled.

"A lot of people are saying that Devean is gone, so we'll just be average," Ammann said. "Yeah, we don't have an NBA player anymore, but now we have a committee of scorers, rather than just one outstanding scorer. We're going to surprise people with our quickness."

The Auggies will aim to defend their two straight Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference regular-season championships with perhaps the best guard tandem in the league -- point guard Jeoffrey Reed (Sr., Minneapolis, Minn./De La Salle HS) and off-guard Kevin Van Rossum (Sr., Green Bay, Wis./Preble HS).

Van Rossum, a strong three-point shooter, averaged 10.8 points per game last year behind a solid .396 three-point shooting percentage. He is closing in on the school's record for career three-pointers. He enters the season in second place with 166; the record, 185, was set by Scott Syring from 1986-90. With 633 career points, he could also break the 1,000-point barrier - something just 14 Auggies have ever accomplished in their careers.

Reed, who averaged 9.4 points, 3.2 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game last year, earned MIAC All-Defensive Team honors last season, and is possibly the best returning point guard in the conference. Reed has been a solid point guard his entire career, first as a backup his freshman and sophomore years, and last year as the team's starter for the first time.

Joining the duo is returning starter Jason Beckendorf (Sr., Lakeville, Minn.), a 6-3 swingman who averaged 7.8 points and 3.0 rebounds per game a year ago.

Several key reserves also return from last year's lineup, including shooting guard John Anderson (Sr., Bloomington, Minn./Kennedy HS), who hit 34 three-pointers last year; guards Chris Ohnstad (So., Faribault, Minn.) and Adam Erickson (Sr., Cambridge, Minn./Cambridge-Isanti HS); and forwards Kyle Crubel (Sr., Bloomington, Wis.) and Josh Natzel (So., St. Louis Park, Minn.).

Perhaps the biggest addition to the Auggie lineup in 1999-2000 will be the return of 6-6 forward Justin Wismer (Sr., Golden Valley, Minn./Blake HS), a key member of the 1997-98 lineup who took last season off. He averaged 7.3 points and 3.7 rebounds per game primarily as a No. 3-4 player in the Auggie lineup in 1997-98. This year, he will have to be a solid small forward to help take pressure off the guards.

The freshmen and transfer class is a strong one with players that will be able to contribute right away, especially for Ammann's goal of a 12- to 13-player-deep lineup.

"We have a slew of transfers and recruits," Ammann said. "It wasn't set out that way. A lot of these players approached us more than we approached them. They're talented enough where they will be able to give us some playing time immediately."

Key transfers/newcomers at the guard positions include: Daryl House (So., Minneapolis, Minn./South HS), a point guard transfer from Central Lakes College in Brainerd, Minn.; Travis Hinze (Jr., Janesville, Minn./Janesville-Waldorf-Pemberton), who led the nation's junior colleges in three-point shooting accuracy (44 percent) last year at Bethany Lutheran College (Mankato, Minn.); Nathan Hoerr (Jr., Burnsville, Minn.), a transfer from Dickinson State (N.D.); Jeff Grauer (Jr., St. Paul, Minn./Harding HS); Maurice Walker (Fr., Minneapolis, Minn./St. Anthony HS); Chris York (Fr., Burnsville, Minn.); Ron Williams (Fr., Minneapolis, Minn./Henry HS) and Nic Windschill (Fr., Cambridge, Minn./Cambridge-Isanti HS).

On the inside, key  newcomers include: Matt Davis (Jr., Marshall, Minn.), a transfer from Fergus Falls (Minn.) Community College who was a key member of a junior college national title team in 1997-98; Drew Lemmie (Fr., Minneapolis, Minn./North HS), a 6-6, 290-pound center who was a part of four straight state tournament teams and two consecutive state championship teams at Minneapolis North HS; Zac Schnedler (Fr., Minneapolis, Minn./Southwest HS); and Beau Wright (Fr., Nashwauk, Minn./Nashwauk-Keewatin HS).
 

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Preseason Roster
as of 11/3/99
Varsity Yr. Pos. Ht. Wt. Hometown/HS
3 Jeoffrey Reed Sr. G 6-0 160 Minneapolis, Minn./De La Salle HS
12 Joe Pomares So. G 6-0 170 Wisconsin Rapids, Wis./Assumption HS
22 Kevin Van Rossum Sr. G 6-0 185 Green Bay, Wis./Preble HS
24 Josh Natzel So. F 6-4 185 St. Louis Park, Minn.
31 Andrew Lind So. G 6-2 190 Prior Lake, Minn.
32 John Anderson Jr. G 6-3 205 Bloomington, Minn./Kennedy HS
33 Adam Erickson Sr. G 6-3 205 Cambridge, Minn./Cambridge-Isanti HS
34 Daryl House So. G 5-10 160 Minneapolis, Minn./South HS
35 Chris Ohnstad So. G 6-3 180 Faribault, Minn.
40 Travis Hinze Jr. G 6-0 165 Janesville, Minn./Janesville-Waldorf-Pemberton HS
41 Jeff Grauer Jr. G 5-11 185 St. Paul, Minn./Harding HS
42 Justin Wismer Sr. F 6-6 200 Golden Valley, Minn./Blake HS
43 Jason Beckendorf Sr. G/F 6-3 195 Lakeville, Minn.
44 Nick Ivory Jr. G/F 6-3 185 Milwaukee, Wis./Milwaukee Washington HS
45 Kyle Crubel Sr. F 6-4 225 Bloomington, Wis.
50 Nate Hoerr Jr. G 6-0 172 Burnsville, Minn.
55 Matt Davis Jr. F 6-4 225 Marshall, Minn.

Junior Varsity Yr. Pos. Ht. Wt. Hometown/HS
3 Michael Selmer Sr. G 5-10 162 Beloit, Wis./Memorial HS
12 Maurice Walker Fr. G 5-10 150 Minneapolis, Minn./St. Anthony HS
22 Nic Windschill Fr. G 5-11 165 Cambridge, Minn./Cambridge-Isanti HS
24 Chris York Fr. G 6-0 175 Burnsville, Minn.
32 Ron Williams Fr. G 5-11 200 Minneapolis, Minn./Henry HS
34 Eric Small So. G 6-2 175 Blaine, Minn./Spring Lake Park HS
35 Zac Schnedler Fr. F 6-4 190 Minneapolis, Minn./Southwest HS
52 Beau Wright Fr. F 6-5 195 Nashwauk, Minn./Nashwauk-Keewatin HS
55 Drew Lemmie Fr. F 6-6 290 Minneapolis,
Minn./North HS

Head Coach: Brian Ammann (Augsburg '85; 12th season, 148-127)
Assistant Coaches: David Staniger, Mark Rudolph, Tom Conroy, David
Roeske-Carlson
Men's Athletic Director: Paul Grauer
Athletic Trainer: Missy Strauch, Scott Westerman (asst.)
 
 
 
 
 

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