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1998-99 Augsburg Men's Basketball Preview Information

General Information
School: Augsburg College
Founded: 1869
Location: 2211 Riverside Ave., Minneapolis, Minn.
Enrollment: 2,862 (undergrad, weekend, graduate)
President: Dr. William V. Frame
Athletic Director:
Paul Grauer (men),
Marilyn Florian (women)
Team Nickname: Auggies
Colors: Maroon and Gray
School: Augsburg College Founded: 1869
Arena (capacity): Si Melby Hall (2,800)
Press row phone: 612-330-1236 (radio line)
 
 

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Coaching Staff
Men's Basketball Staff
Head Coach: Brian Ammann
Alma Mater/year of grad.: Augsburg 1985
Starting 11th season.
Record/current school: 124-123
All-Time Record/Yrs: 124-123 (1988-1998)
Coach phone/best time to call: 612-330-1238 / Afternoons
Assistants:
David Staniger, Mark Rudolph, Kyle David, David Roeske-Carlson.

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Sports Information
SID: Don Stoner
Office Phone: 612-330-1677
Home Phone: 715-247-3262
Fax: 612-330-1 780
E-Mail Address: stoner@augsburg.edu
WWW Address:  http://www.augsburg.edu/athletics/index.html |

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 1997-98 game by game
Date Opponent Site Time
Sat., Nov. 22 Concordia-St. Paul St. Paul, Minn. 106-87 W
Wed., Nov. 25 St. Cloud State St. Cloud State 97-93 W
Mon., Dec. 1 St. Scholastica HOME 92-87 W
Thur., Dec. 4 Dr. Martin Luther HOME 709-70 W
Sat., Dec. 6 St. Olaf HOME 99-86 W
Wed., Dec. 10 Macalester St. Paul, Minn. 66-57 W
Sat., Dec. 13 Bethel St. Paul, Minn. 90-85 W
Sat., Jan. 3 Gustavus St. Peter, Minn. 80-76 L
Mon., Jan. 5 St. Thomas HOME 80-79 W
Wed., Jan. 7 St. John's HOME 90-87 W (ot)
Sat., Jan. 10 Carleton Northfield, Minn 98-86 W
Mon., Jan.12 Hamline HOME 112-80 W
Wed., Jan. 14 St. Mary's HOME 93-71 W
Sat., Jan. 17 Concordia-Moorhead Moorhead, Minn. 75-65 W
Sat., Jan. 24 St. Olaf Northfield, Minn. 98-98 W
Wed., Jan. 28 Macalester HOME 88-59 W
Sat., Jan. 31 Bethel HOME 117-100 W
Mon., Feb. 2 Gustavus HOME 85-78 W
Wed., Feb.4 St. Thomas St. Paul, Minn. 72-59 L
Sat., Feb.7 St. John's Collegeville, Minn. 100-75 W
Wed., Feb. 11 Carleton HOME 100-90 W
Sat., Feb. 14 Hamline St. Paul, Minn. 100-76 W
Mon., Feb 16 St. Mary's Winona, Minn. 81-65 W
Wed., Feb.18 Concordia-Moorhead HOME 109-89 W
 NCAA Playoffs
Thur., Feb. 26 St. Thomas HOME 77-76 L
 

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Date Opponent (* denotes MIAC opponents) Site Time/Result
Saturday, Nov. 21 Martin Luther College New Ulm, Minn. 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 24 St. Cloud State St. Cloud, Minn. 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 28 Concordia University-St. Paul Si Melby Hall 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 1 College of St. Scholastica Duluth, Minn. 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 5 Concordia College-Moorhead * # Si Melby Hall 3 p.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 9 Gustavus Adolphus College * # Si Melby Hall 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 12 Bethel College * Arden Hills, Minn. 3 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 2 St. Mary's University * Si Melby Hall 3 p.m.
Monday, Jan. 4 University of St. Thomas * St. Paul, Minn. 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 9 Macalester College * Si Melby Hall 3 p.m.
Monday, Jan. 11 St. John's University * Collegeville, Minn. 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Jan. 13 St. Olaf College * # Si Melby Hall 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 16 Carleton College * Northfield, Minn. 3 p.m.
Wednesday, Jan. 20 Hamline University * Si Melby Hall 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 23 Concordia College-Moorhead * Moorhead, Minn. 3 p.m.
Wednesday, Jan. 27 Gustavus Adolphus College * # St. Peter, Minn. 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 30 Bethel College * Si Melby Hall 3 p.m.
Monday, Feb. 1 St. Mary's University * Winona, Minn. 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 3 University of St. Thomas * Si Melby Hall 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 10 Macalester College * St. Paul, Minn. 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 13 St. John's University * Si Melby Hall 3 p.m.
Monday, Feb. 15 St. Olaf College * Northfield, Minn. 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 17 Carleton College * # Si Melby Hall. 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 20 Hamline University * St. Paul, Minn. 3 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 25 MIAC Playoff Semifinals TBA TBA
Saturday, Feb. 27 MIAC Playoff Finals TBA TBA
Thursday, March 4 NCAA Division III National Playoffs First Round TBA (on campus) TBA
Sunday, March 7 NCAA Division III National Playoffs Second Round TBA (on campus) TBA
Fri.-Sat., March 12-13 NCAA Division III National Playoffs Sectionals TBA (on campus) TBA
Fri.-Sat., March 19-20 NCAA Division III Final Four Salem Civic Center,
Salem, Virginia TBA
 
 

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Player & Team Information
1997-98 Overall Record:  22-4
1997 Conference Record/Place:  18-2, First place
Letterwinners Returning/Lost:  9/3
Starters Returning/Lost: 3/2

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Returning Starters (Pos., year, ht., ppg, rpg, apg, spg, misc. notes):
Devean George (F, Sr., 6-8, 21.9 ppg, 10.1 rpg, 1.2 apg, 2.0 spg, All-MIAC, 1998-99 preseason Division III All-American by Street & Smith's College Basketball -- 1st team, Dick Vitale's College Basketball -- 2nd team, The Sporting News -- 2nd team; 1997-98 MIAC Most Valuable Player, 1997-98 Division III All-America by NABC -- 2nd team, Basketball Times -- 2nd team, Division III Basketball Online -- 2nd team, Columbus Multimedia -- HM; seventh in NCAA Division III in scoring and 28th in rebounding; career: 1,488 points, 551 rebounds).

Jeoffrey Reed (G, Jr., 6-0, 4.6 ppg, 1.9 rpg, 2.2 apg, 1.3 apg, shared starting PG role with Willie Fisher).

Micah Watkins (F/C, Sr., 6-5, 5.6 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 1.3 apg, 1.2 apg, transferred from Mankato State).

Other Key Returners (Pos., year, ht., ppg, rpg, apg, spg, misc. notes):
Kevin Van Rossum (G, Jr., 6-0, 10.7 ppg, 1.7 rpg, 1.8 apg, 0.8 spg, 1997-98 MIAC Co-Sixth Man of the Year, All-MIAC, .423 three-point shooting percentage, second on team in scoring in 1997-98).

Jason Beckendorf (F, Jr., 6-3, 5.3 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 1.2 apg, 0.8 spg).
Kris Long (C, Sr., 6-6, 5.8 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 0.6 apg, 0.7 spg).
Drazen Kasaic (C, Sr., 6-8, 2.8 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 0.5 apg, 0.2 spg).
 
 

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Key Newcomers (Pos., year, ht., hometown/HS/JC/last school at; notes):
Samuel Gates (G, So., 6-5, Gary, Ind./Gary Wirt HS, transfer from Division I Prairie View A&M).
Adam Erickson (G, Jr., 6-3, Cambridge, Minn./Cambridge-Isanti HS, transfer from Minnesota-Morris).
Chris Ohnstad (G, Fr., 6-2,  Faribault, Minn., 97-98 Minn. Basketball News AAA All-State, 14.8 ppg, 3.5 apg).
Greg Porter (G, Fr., 6-2, Green Bay, Wis./Notre Dame Acad., Green Bay Metro Player of the Year 1997-98).
Joe Hell (G, Fr., 5-11, Wisconsin Rapids, Wis./Assumption HS, two-time All-Central Wis. Catholic Conf.).
John Anderson (G, So., 6-3, Bloomington, Minn./Kennedy HS, transfer from Wisconsin-Stout, backup quarterback on Auggie football team, three-year starter, All-Lake Conf., All-Metro in basketball).
 

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Key Losses (Pos., ht., reason absent (grad/transfer/injury/misc.)
Matt Lang (F, 6-3, graduated, 9.1 ppg -- third on team, 5.3 rpg -- second on team).
Neil Swanson (G, 6-2, graduated, 6.7 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 1.2 apg).
Willie Fisher (G, 5-9, graduated, 6.3 ppg, 1.5 rpg, 2.1 apg).
Justin Wismer (F, 6-4, left team, 7.3 ppg -- fourth on team, 3.7 rpg, 1.9 apg).
 
 
 
 

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Season Outlook/Notes:
With one of the top players in the nation returning, along with the bulk of a lineup that produced a 22-4 overall record, an MIAC regular-season championship and a berth in the NCAA Division III national playoffs for head coach Brian Ammann, 1997-98 Co-MIAC Coach of the Year. Augsburg enters the season with a No. 9 national ranking in Division III, according to Street & Smith's College Basketball preview magazine.

Key among the returners is forward Devean George (Sr., Minneapolis, Minn./Benilde-St. Margaret HS), a two-time All-MIAC forward, MIAC Most Valuable Player and multiple Division III All-America selection last season. George, who is fifth on the school's career scoring list with 1,488 points (21.9 per game; Ammann holds the school's scoring record -- 2,271 points from 1981-85) and 11th in rebounds (551, 8.1 per game), has been named a preseason Division III All-America selection by three major national magazines and is a bona-fide pro prospect.

Surrounding George is a capable lineup of players who have blended well together in Ammann's up-tempo style of play -- eight of the 12 players who saw action in 16 or more games last year are back, including five  of the nine players last year who saw action in all 26 games.

Kevin Van Rossum (Jr., Green Bay, Wis./Preble HS), the MIAC's co-Sixth Man of the Year in 1997-98, will move into more of a prominent role at off-guard this year in the place of Neil Swanson (Maple Grove, Minn.). Coming off the bench last year, he used his 45-percent field-goal shooting (42.6 percent from three-point range) to average 10.7 points per game, second on the team. Jeoffrey Reed (Jr., Minneapolis, Minn./DeLaSalle HS), who split time with the graduated Willie Fisher (Plymouth, Minn./Orono HS) at point guard, returns to lead the team down the court.

At the low-post positions, Micah Watkins (Sr., Minneapolis, Minn./Minnehaha Academy) will see his first full season in an Auggie uniform. Watkins, who walked on at the University of Minnesota his freshman year, transferred to Augsburg from Division II Mankato State last year and made an immediate impact for the Auggies in the second half of the season. He averaged 5.6 points and 3.8 rebounds per game in 16 games. Jason Beckendorf (Jr., Lakeville, Minn.), Kris Long (Sr., Cambridge, Minn./Cambridge-Isanti HS) and Drazen Kasaic (Sr., Nis, Yugoslavia) will all see extensive action in the forward/center spots this season.
 
 

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Preseason Roster
1998-99 Augsburg College Men's Basketball
Preseason Roster (alphabetical)

Name Yr. Pos. Ht. Wt. Hometown/HS
Shalamar Allen Fr. G 6-3 189 Minneapolis, Minn./Henry HS
John Anderson So. G 6-3 205 Bloomington, Minn./Kennedy HS
Dana Chandler Fr. G 6-2 180 Red Wing, Minn.
Jason Beckendorf Jr. G/F 6-3 195 Lakeville, Minn.
Kyle Crubel Jr. F 6-4 220 Bloomington, Wis.
Adam Erickson Jr. G 6-3 195 Cambridge, Minn./Cambridge-Isanti HS
Samuel Gates So. G/F 6-5 235 Gary, Ind./Gary Wirt HS
Devean George Sr. F 6-8 220 Minneapolis, Minn./Benilde-St. Margaret HS
Joe Hell Fr. G 5-11 165 Wisconsin Rapids, Wis./Assumption HS
Eric Herried Sr. G 6-2 170 Prescott, Wis.
Terrence Jones So. G/F 6-1 215 Chicago, Ill./Rosemount HS
Drazen Kasaic Sr. C 6-8 224 Nis, Yugoslavia
Andrew Lind Fr. G 6-2 185 Prior Lake, Minn.
Kris Long Sr. F 6-6 210 Cambridge, Minn./Cambridge-Isanti HS
Andrew Michalski Jr. F 6-3 205 North St. Paul, Minn.
Josh Natzel Fr. F 6-4 --- St. Louis Park, Minn.
Chris Ohnstad Fr. G 6-2 170 Faribault, Minn.
Greg Porter Fr. G 6-2 180 Green Bay, Wis./Notre Dame Academy
Jeoffrey Reed Jr. G 6-0 160 Minneapolis, Minn./DeLaSalle HS
Kyle Renner So. G 5-7 170 St. Anthony, Minn./St. Anthony Village HS
Josh Seidal Sr. G 6-0 155 Ashland, Wis.
Michael Selmer Jr. G 5-9 160 Beloit, Wis./Memorial HS
Adam Storry So. F 6-5 190 Cambridge, Minn./Cambridge-Isanti HS
Kevin Van Rossum Jr. G 6-0 180 Green Bay, Wis./Preble HS
Micah Watkins Sr. F 6-5 210 Minneapolis, Minn./Minnehaha Academy

Head Coach: Brian Ammann (Augsburg '85; 11th season, 124-123)
Assistant Coaches: David Staniger, Mark Rudolph, Kyle David, David Roeske-Carlson
Men's Athletic Director: Paul Grauer
Athletic Trainers: Missy Strauch, Robin Nevole (asst.)
 


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