Rohde is All-American, All-Star invitee
The West Region and Great Northwest Athletic Conference player-of-the-year will be the first Seawolf ever to appear in the D-II all-star event, which features 22 invitees from around the nation. Rohde is one of just two West Region players on the squad, along with Reggie Jones of Cal State Stainislaus.
The game, which is held in conjunction with men’s D-II Elite Eight, will be held at the Kentucky Bank Center on Friday, Mar. 23 at 3 p.m. ADT.
“We are excited that Taylor will get the opportunity to showcase his talents on a national platform,” said UAA head coach Rusty Osborne, whose team finished 23-7 and reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament for the second straight year. “He has performed at a high level for two years, and this is a fitting reward for all his hard work. I am sure that he will represent Seawolf basketball with class and a high degree of character in any activities during the week.”
With his selection by Basketball Times, Rohde becomes the first Seawolf since Luke Cooper (2nd Team) in 2008 to gain All-America status from that publication.
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).
BASKETBALL TIMES 2011-12 NCAA DIVISION II ALL-AMERICA TEAM
Player of the Year – Braydon Hobbs, Bellarmine (Ky.)
Coach of the Year – Pryor Orser, Colorado School of Mines
Jet Chang, BYU-Hawaii 6-3 Sr.
Braydon Hobbs, Bellarmine (Ky.) 6-5 Sr.
Jeremy Kendle, Bellarmine (Ky.) 6-2 Jr.
Josh Magette, Alabama-Huntsville 6-1 Sr.
Taylor Rohde, Alaska Anchorage 6-9 Sr.
Malik Alvin, Shaw (N.C.) 5-11 Sr.
Alex Falk, West Liberty (W. Va.) 6-3 Jr.
Brett Green, Colorado Mines 6-4 Jr.
Keane Thomann, Missouri Southern 6-11 Sr.
Anthony Young, Kentucky Wesleyan 6-7 Sr.
Stefan Bonneau, C.W. Post (N.Y.) 5-10 Sr.
Ali Haidar, Michigan Tech 6-7 Jr.
Adrian Moss, Indianapolis (Ind.) 5-9 Sr.
D.J. Rivera, Montevallo (Ala.) 6-4 Sr.
Dwight Tolbert, Lander (S.C.) 6-5 Sr.