COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (February 28, 2017) - The Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference doled out its annual men's basketball awards Tuesday and recognized Colorado State University-Pueblo senior Nelson Kahler (C, Noosa Heads, Australia) as RMAC Defensive Player of the Year, while senior Rico Spikes (G, Merriville, Ind.) and junior Mark Williams (F, Chino Hills, Calif.) were also honored.
In addition to the major award, Kahler was recognized as All-RMAC First team after leading the league in blocked shots. Spikes put up big numbers across the board and ranked top 10 in the conference in five categories to also earn All-RMAC First Team honors. Finally, in his first season with the ThunderWolves, Williams gathered an All-RMAC Second Team nod after leading the team in scoring.
Under sixth-year head coach Ralph Turner, 17 members of the ThunderWolves have earned All-RMAC honors, while four have gathered first-team recognition (Bronson Moton - 2014-15 and Chris Golden - 2015-16).
CSU-Pueblo posted a program record in league wins after going 17-5 in RMAC play to finish third and earn the No. 3 seed in the RMAC Shootout. The Pack (19-8) welcome No. 6 seed Colorado Christian University (14-14, 11-11 RMAC) tonight at 7:30 p.m. in the quarterfinal round of the postseason tournament.
Named RMAC Defensive Player of the Week four times (Jan. 9, Jan. 16, Feb. 13 and Feb. 27) … Led the league and finished the regular season ranked fifth nationally with 89 blocked shots (3.3 bpg) … Established a new program record for blocks in a game (10 at Colorado Christian, Jan. 17) and blocks in a season … His single game mark sits tied for second all-time in the RMAC, while the season total is fourth on the league's list … Seven times he recorded five or more blocks in a game … Shot the ball at a 61.1 percent clip to rank fourth in the RMAC and 26th nationally … Added 13.0 points per game to rank 25th in the RMAC … Totaled 5.4 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 21.0 minutes per game … Compiled three double-doubles … Scored 19 or more points in five games, which included a season-high 26 Feb. 7 … 2016-17 Academic All-RMAC First Team … A 2015-16 All-RMAC Second Team selection.
The guard led the Pack in rebounding with 7.0 boards per game that ranks sixth in the RMAC … Finished second on the team and 21st in the league in scoring with 13.5 points per game … Added 3.9 assists per game to rank seventh in the RMAC … Capped the regular season top 10 in two more categories, as he was eighth in field goal percentage (57.0%) and ninth in assist/turnover ratio (1.5) … Gathered seven double-doubles (five with points and rebounds and two with points and assists), four of which came in the final five games of the regular season ... Totaled a career-high 10 assists Feb. 7 and Feb. 18 … Brought down 14 rebounds Dec. 10 … Scored in double figures in 21 of the final 22 games, which included a career-high 27 in the season finale Feb. 25 … Was one rebound shy of a triple double Feb. 7 with 15 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds … A 2014-15 All-RMAC Second Team member.
Led the team (16th in the RMAC) in scoring with 14.3 points per game after coming off the bench in 20 of the 27 games … Knocked down 57.8 percent of his shots to rank sixth in the RMAC and 39th nationally … Added 5.8 rebounds per game to sit second on the team and 16th in the RMAC … Corralled 65 offensive rebounds to rank fifth in the conference … Scored in double figures in all by five games, which included a season-high 25 points in an upset of then-No. 7 Tarleton State … Brought down seven or more rebounds 11 times, which included a season-high 10 Feb. 7 … Posted a double-double Feb. 7 with 14 points and 10 rebounds … Averaged 26.7 minutes per game and was fourth on the team with 26 steals.
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As a member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, Colorado State University – Pueblo competes in 22 varsity sports in NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletics.