Junior John Fraase was named to the MIAC All-Conference Team last year and is one of five returning starters for CC in 2009-10.
Experience Gained!

Courtesy of GoCobbers.com, Release: November 10, 2009

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MOORHEAD, Minn. (11/10/09)-- The entire 2009-10 Concordia basketball program spent last season earning valuable experience. Head coach Rich Glas spent the year learning the ins and outs of MIAC basketball and the team found out how to win games with a completely new group of players. The Cobbers won four of their final five games in 2008-09 and were only one spot out of the playoffs. That experience down the stretch should pay dividends to a team that returns all five starters and has their top three scorers back from a year ago.

The glass will be more than half full for Concordia in 2009-10 because Glas returns all his top players from last season. At the top of the list of the returning players is junior forward John Fraase (Bismarck, N.D./Bismarck Century HS) who was named to the MIAC All-Conference Team last season and who will be one of the top players in the conference again this year. Fraase had a breakout year in 2008-09 where he set the school record for average rebounds in a season and was the first player in program history to average at least 10 points and 10 rebounds in a single year. Fraase also had a school record 15 double-doubles during the season. Fraase led the league in rebounds in 2008-09. He averaged 11.8 rebounds per game in the team's 20 league games. He was also fifth in the conference in scoring. He averaged 15.3 point per conference game.

This year’s team will be far from a one-man band. With all five starters returning from last year, the Cobbers will have scoring threats from the wing and perimeter. Junior Darrin Olmscheid (Buffalo, Minn.) is a two-year starter that gives opposing team’s tough match-up problems on the defensive end. Olmscheid was second on the team in scoring last season with a 11.4 points per game average. He scored in double figures in 11 games and had a career-high 30 points against Gustavus on Jan. 24. Erik Lien (Jr., Moorhead, Minn.) was third on the team in scoring last year after coming off an injury. He averaged 7.2 points per game last year but should return to the form of his freshman season when he was named to the MIAC All-Conference Honorable Mention Team.

The Cobber guard corps will be the one unit that will be most helped from the year of experience. Junior Karl Olson (Buffalo, Minn.) returns for his third season as a CC starter. Olson was third in the MIAC in assists last year and should have an even bigger impact in that category this year with the experience of the scorers around him. Joining Olson in the CC backcourt will be sophomore Eric Hartmann (Alexandria, Minn./Jefferson HS). Hartmann played in all 25 games last year and averaged 6.5 points per game. He had at least nine points in five of the last eight games of the year and during that stretch shot 50.9% from the floor and 40.0% from 3-point range.

There will be several other key factors for the Cobbers’ success in 2009-10. Sophomore point guard Johny Molina (Dilworth, Minn./D-G-F HS) possesses quickness on the dribble that makes him hard to guard on the perimeter. If he can find his shooting touch from the outside, Concordia could have a very good inside-outside scoring punch. Molina will also use his quickness on the defensive end where he can disrupt the opposing team’s point guard and not allow the team to get into their half-court offense.

One of the key additions for the Cobbers this year will be the return of center James Baldwin (Hope, N.D./Mayport C-G) HS. Baldwin comes back to the team after taking a year off and gives Concordia another big body in the paint. Baldwin recorded over 100 rebounds in his first two seasons and averaged over 5.0 points during those years. Another big man who could have a breakout year is junior Ryan Hagemeyer (Willmar, Minn.). Hagemeyer averaged 6.2 points last year and his 6-6, 220 frame and two years of MIAC experience will give the Cobbers much-needed depth in the post.

Glas also brought in a bumper class of freshmen. The coaching staff had over 20 new faces on the first day of practice and has six first-year players and one transfer on this year’s roster. The infusion of new talent with the experience of the five starters should help the Cobbers get back to the playoffs and make a run for the top five places in the league standings.

Concordia will find out how much experience they gained from last season right out of the gate as they will have an exhibition against NCAA Division opponent NDSU. The Bison won the Summit League championship last season and narrowly lost to Kansas in the first round of the Big Dance. The Cobbers will then have non-conference games against UM-Morris, St. Scholastica, MSU Moorhead and Central before opening MIAC play on Dec. 2 against conference defending champion St. Thomas who was ranked fourth in the D3hoops.com preseason national poll.