ST. PAUL, Minn. — Those that watched him play this season quickly recognized that senior forward Taylor Hanson (Saint Paul, Minn./Minnehaha Academy) played at an all-conference level. That distinction was made official on Thursday when he was named to both the 2013-14 Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) Men’s Basketball All-Conference Team and the All-Defensive Team. The conference coaches also voted Carleton rookie Tianen Chen (Germantown Hills, Ill./Metamora Township) to the MIAC’s All-First Year Team.
Due to his abilities and all-around effort, Hanson’s name can be found all over the MIAC statistical leaderboard for this season. He paced the conference with 9.2 rebounds per game, finished fourth by averaging 15.5 points, and ranked fifth with 3.9 assists per contest, easily tops among conference post players. His .516 field-goal percentage ranked third among conference players with more than 250 attempts. In fact, Hanson is one of only two NCAA Division III players to average more than 15.0 points, 9.0 rebounds, and 3.5 assists while shooting better than .500 from the field this season. He is also the first MIAC men’s player to accomplish the feat in at least 12 years.
While Hanson was regularly called upon to shoulder the bulk of the offensive load during crucial stretches of the game, his work at the other end of the court did not go unnoticed as he was tabbed to the five-play All-Defensive Team. He was seventh among MIAC players in steals and 12th in blocks during conference games. With both players going head-to-head for the full 40 minutes, Hanson held the MIAC’s player-of-the-year, Augsburg’s Dan Kornbaum, to a season-low eight points during their Feb. 19 matchup. It was not uncommon to see Hanson log extended playing time as he ranked second in the MIAC with 35.0 minutes played per night.
Hanson accumulated seven double-doubles during the season, including a career-best 34 points in a road win at Macalester on Jan. 20, the most points by a Knight in five seasons.
The Carleton coaching staff came to rely on Chen to provide a scoring spark off the bench, and he became the 14th Knight over the last 15 campaigns to be named to the conference’s five-player all-rookie team.
Chen appeared in 24 games, making a pair of starts. He ranked among conference leaders by posting 10.1 points and corralling 3.5 rebounds per game, while his .565 field-goal percentage finished seventh in the MIAC. Chen twice exceeded the 20-point mark, with a season-best 26 versus Whitworth College.
As part of a conference-wide sportsmanship initiative, the conference announced the eighth annual All-MIAC Sportsmanship team for men's basketball. Members of the sportsmanship team are selected by their coaches and teammates as individuals who demonstrate ideals of positive sportsmanship both on and off the field of competition. Carleton’s representative on the squad is senior Cameron Webb (Portland, Ore./Lincoln).
Carleton committed 12.04 fouls per game this season, which was the best figure among all NCAA schools (Div. I, II, and III) for the third consecutive season and fifth time in the last seven years. The Knights have ranked among the Division III’s top four and the NCAA’s top 10 in this category for each of the past eight seasons.
|2006-07||13.19||1st in NCAA (Div. I, II, and III)|
|2007-08||12.41||1st in NCAA (Div. I, II, and III)|
|2008-09||13.27||3rd in Division III (5th in NCAA)|
|2009-10||13.90||4th in Division III (8th in NCAA)|
|2010-11||13.81||1st in Division III (3rd in NCAA)|
|2011-12||11.84||1st in NCAA (Div. I, II, and III)|
|2012-13||11.70||1st in NCAA (Div. I, II, and III)|
|2013-14||12.04||1st in NCAA (Div. I, II, and III)|