Coaches make Rohde All-American again
After receiving first-team honors from Basketball Times on Monday and Daktronics (sports information directors) second-team honors on Tuesday, Rohde was one of 16 choices on the coaches’ team, which does not differentiate between first, second or third teams.
Rohde was already the 10th player in Seawolf men’s basketball history to be named All-American, but he becomes the first to gain consensus recognition since multiple entities started awarding such honors.
The 6-9, 255-pound center from Phoenix (Pinnacle HS) led the Great Northwest Athletic Conference in scoring (19.8), field-goal percentage (.627) and double-doubles (9), and finished in a virtual three-way tie for the rebounding lead with 8.0 rpg.
The two-year transfer from Arizona State was a double-figure scorer in 26 of 30 games this season and shot 50-plus percent from the floor in 25 of the last 26 contests, including an ending streak of 17. Rohde tallied 12 games of at least 25 points – including four outings of 30-plus. Among his most impressive performances were a 28-point, 16-rebound effort in a Nov. 25 victory over Division I UC Irvine and his 32 points and 11 rebounds in UAA’s NCAA Tournament First Round win over Montana State Billings.
Rohde quickly climbed UAA’s all-time charts, reaching the 1,000-point mark in just 57 games and breaking the career record for field-goal percentage at .621. He also finished among the program leaders in scoring average (10th, 17.9 ppg), points (11th, 1,143), rebounds (t-11th, 463), rebounding averages (10th, 7.2 rpg), free throws made (4th, 291), free throws made per game (4th, 4.5), double-doubles (t-7th, 13) and games started (11th, 63).
Rohde will represent UAA one more time on the court when he plays in Friday’s Reese’s NCAA Division II All-Star Game in Highland Heights, Ky., at 3 p.m. ADT.
2012 NABC COACHES’ DIVISION II ALL-AMERICA TEAM
Stefan Bonneau, C.W. Post, 5-10, Senior, Guard, Middletown, N.Y.
Scott Dennis, Christian Brothers, 6-6, Senior, Guard, Cincinnati, Ohio
James Ellisor, Bemidji State, 6-5, Senior, Forward, Glendale, Ariz.
Brett Green, Colorado School of Mines, 6-4, Junior, Grd/Fwd, Peyton, Col.
Eric Jean-Guillaume, Franklin Pierce, 6-0, Junior, Guard, Stamford, Conn.
Braydon Hobbs, Bellarmine, 6-5, Senior, Guard, New Albany, Ind.
Reggie Jones, Cal State Stanislaus, 6-9, Senior, Forward, Paterson, N.J.
Jeremy Kendle, Bellarmine, 6-2, Junior, Guard, Jeffersonville, Ind.
Josh Magette, Alabama-Huntsville, 6-1, Senior, Guard, Birmingham, Ala.
Will McNeill, Washburn, 6-1, Junior, Guard, Alexandria, La.
Paul “PJ” Reyes, Charleston (WV), 6-5, Senior, Guard, Taylor, Mich.
D.J. Rivera, Montevallo, 6-4, Senior, Guard, Philadelphia, Pa.
Taylor Rohde, Alaska Anchorage, 6-9, Senior, Center, Phoenix, Ariz.
Ashton Smith, IUP, 6-2, Senior, Guard, Scarborough, Ont., Canada
Keane Thomann, Missouri Southern, 6-11, Senior, Center, Olney, Ill.
Dwight Tolbert, Lander, 6-5, Senior, Wing, Tifton, Ga.