ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The dynamic duo of seniors Tom Sawatzke (Monticello, Minn/Monticello) and Scott Theisen (Champlin, Minn./ Champlin Park) were tabbed to the 2012-13 Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) Men’s Basketball All-Conference Team. This is Sawatzke’s second straight year a member of the All-MIAC team, making him the 28th player in the history of Carleton men’s basketball to be a repeat all-conference selection. Sawatzke and Theisen both joined Carleton’s 1,000-point club this season, becoming the 26th and 27th members respectively. The seniors capped off their careers in a big way, leading the Knights back to the MIAC Playoffs.
Sawatzke will graduate with 1,145 career points, the 15th-highest total in team history. He drained a conference-best 81 three-pointers during the year, the third-highest single-season figure in Carleton history. That figured included a trio of game-winning long-range shots, including the MIAC Quarterfinals vs. Bethel on Feb. 20.
Sawatzke averaged 17.9 points per game this season, third in the league. He averaged 3.0 made three-pointers per contest, ranking 15th across NCAA Division III. He also converted 85.2 percent of his free-throw attempts, again third-best in the MIAC. Sawatzke logged a league-high 37.3 minutes per game.
All-MIAC honorable mention a year ago, Theisen was among the conference’s elite with his well-rounded performances throughout the year. He paced the MIAC with 5.6 assists per game—which ranked 18th across NCAA Division III—and 2.19 steals per contest. He finished fourth in the conference in both scoring (17.1 points) and rebounds (7.4). In fact, he is the only NCAA men’s basketball player across any level (Division I, II, and III) to average at least 17 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists, and 2 steals this season.
His ability to stuff the stat sheet led to a pair of triple-doubles, the first two in team history. The initial one was a 22-point, 12-rebound, and 10-assist effort during a win over Concordia on Jan. 23. He followed that up 17 days later with a 21-point, 10-rebound, and 10-assist performance at Macalester. A two-time selection to the D3hoops.com Team-of-the-Week, he finished his career with a bang, going out with a career-high-tying 31 points as the Knights gave nationally No. 1-ranked University of St. Thomas all it could hand in the semifinals of the MIAC Playoffs.
Theisen concluded his career with 1,100 points, ranking 19th all-time at Carleton. He had 151 assists this season, second-most in team history. He joined Zach Johnson '09 as the only players in team history with 1000 career points, 500 rebounds, 200 assists, and 100 steals.
As part of a conference-wide sportsmanship initiative, the conference announced the seventh 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 Tyler Goetz (Sr./Chaska, Minn.), who started all 27 games this season.
Carleton Men’s Basketball Repeat All-Conference Selections
|Player||Years Names All-Conf.|
|Tom Sawatzke||2012, 2013|
|Jeremy Sutherland||2010, 2011|
|Seth Jonker||2010, 2011|
|Tommy Drake||2007, 2008|
|Zach Johnson||2006, 2008, 2009|
|Jake Phillips||2006, 2007|
|Dan Forkrud||2005, 2006|
|Kyle Beste||2003, 2005|
|Tanner Schieck||2002, 2003, 2004|
|Jim Lovrien||1996, 1997|
|Josh Wilhelm||1996, 1997, 1998, 1999|
|Tom Klimisch||1994, 1995|
|Gerrick Monroe||1991, 1992, 1993|
|Rob Schlotthauer||1987, 1988|
|Mark Wandmacher||1983, 1984|
|Jim Tolf||1980, 1981, 1982|
|Roy Hanson||1978, 1979|
|Leon Smith||1973, 1974|
|Steve DeLapp||1968, 1969|
|Tom Weaver||1968, 1969|
|Dave Current||1961, 1962, 1963|
|Ivan Grimm||1958, 1959, 1960|
|Mike Armacost||1956, 1958|
|Bob Buis||1953, 1954|
|Laurie Slocum||1952, 1953, 1954, 1955|
|Howie Rosenblum||1952, 1953, 1954, 1955|
|Curt Carlson||1950, 1951|
|Jack Thurnblad||1947, 1948, 1949|