KANSAS CITY – The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics released its 2016-2017 Division II Men's Basketball All-America Teams on Thursday, naming Mason Degenkolb as Taylor's first-ever freshman All-American.
Degenkolb was one of only three freshmen and eight total underclassmen to earn All-American honors, and followed Kyle Stidom to give the TU men's basketball program two All-American awards in as many seasons. Degenkolb is the 22nd NAIA All-American in the history of the Trojan men's basketball program, joining a group that has now accounted for 30 NAIA All-American awards.
The 2016-2017 NAIA Division II Men's Basketball All-American list consisted of 74 student-athletes, with 10 spots on each of the first, second and third teams in addition to 44 on the honorable mention list.
Degenkolb earned a spot on the Honorable Mention All-America Team, after netting 17.0 points, 4.1 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.2 steals per outing during his first collegiate campaign. The Tipton High product also made 122-of-148 free throws to rank No. 47 in the nation with an 82.4-percent rate, while shooting 43.4 percent from the field and 37.9 percent from the three-point line.
Degenkolb scored 20-or-more points 12 times, led TU in scoring 12 times, paced the squad for the entire season in scoring and ranked second in steals and third in assists for the Purple and Gold.
The game-changing guard finished his rookie campaign as the top freshman and third overall leading scorer in the Crossroads League and ranked third among all NAIA Division II freshmen in scoring.
In addition to being named as an NAIA Division II All-American, Degenkolb claimed Crossroads League Freshman-of-the-Year, Second-Team All-Crossroads League and Crossroads League All-Freshmen Team accolades.
Degenkolb and the Trojans closed the season ranked No. 25 in the nation with a 21-12 record. Taylor advanced to the NAIA National Championship Tournament Sweet 16 and closed the regular season in a tie for third place in the Crossroads League.