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March 11, 2013

Kunz sweeps awards in men's basketball

Senior Brandon Kunz was named Most Valuable Player, Outstanding Defender and Leading Rebounder for the Vikings in 2012-13.

The Augustana men's basketball team has announced its award winners for the 2012-13 season with senior center Brandon Kunz (Lake Zurich HS, Lake Zurich, Ill.) sweeping  Most Valuable Player, Outstanding Defender and Leading Rebounder honors. Junior center Kevin Schlitter (Maine South HS, Park Ridge, Ill.) and sophomore guards Danielius Jurgutis (Downers Grove South HS, Darien, Ill.) and Mark Roth (Washington HS, Metamora, Ill.) have been named captains-elect for the 2013-14 season.

Kunz, who served as a co-captain with fellow senior George Dexter (Bettendorf HS, Bettendorf, Iowa) this season, started 26 of 27 contests, averaging 11.0 points and a team-high 7.0 rebounds per game. A bout with the flu kept him out of the starting lineup at Millikin, but he shook off the effects to enter the game with 16 minutes remaining, score eight points, grab five rebounds and lead Augustana to a come-from-behind win.  

In addition to rebounding, Kunz led the Vikings in field goal percentage (.559), blocked shots (16) and free throws made (89) and attempted (114). He was Augustana's second-leading scorer and third in free throw percentage at .781. He was a second team All-CCIW selection for Coach Grey Giovanine's 19-8 Vikings.  

Kunz appeared in 105 games during his Viking career. Only six players in school history have played in more. He ended up eighth in career field goal percentage at .562 and is19th all-time in rebounds with 493. His 41 career blocked shots are tied for 12th-most in Augustana recorded history.  

Junior varsity MVP honors were shared this year by sophomore center Alex Dziagwa (Riverside Brookfield HS, Brookfield, Ill.) and freshman guard Hunter Hill (Byron HS, Byron, Ill.).  

Jurgutis, one of just two Vikings to start all 27 games this year, was third on the team in scoring at 10.4 points per game. Roth led the Vikings with 36 three-point field goals and Schlitter averaged 9.7 points on .615 field goal shooting before his season was ended after six games by a knee injury.          


14 Hunter Hill* G 5-9 157 Fr Byron, Ill./Byron
20 Mark Roth** G 6-0 164 So Metamora, Ill./Washington
22 Jake Norcia* G 6-0 161 Fr Highland Park, Ill./HS
24 Griffin Pils* G 6-4 207 Fr Libertyville, Ill./HS
25 Tayvian Johnson* F 6-6 193 Fr East Moline, Ill./United Township
30 Jawan Straughter* G 6-0 180 Fr Bolingbrook, Ill./Plainfield East
32 Danielius Jurgutis** G 6-0 201 So Darien, Ill./Downers Grove South
34 Ben Ryan* F 6-5 208 Fr Washington, Ill./HS
40 Nic Hoepfner* F 6-6 232 So East Moline, Ill./United Township
42 George Dexter**** (C) F 6-7 201 Sr Bettendorf, Iowa/HS
44 Jake Gylten* F 6-6 214 Fr Iowa City, Iowa/West
45 Brandon Motzel* F 6-7 195 Fr Buffalo Grove, Ill./Carmel Catholic
50 Alex Dziagwa* C 6-9 187 So Brookfield, Ill./Riverside-Brookfield
52 Brandon Kunz**** (C) C 6-7 205 Sr Lake Zurich, Ill./HS

  *- Denotes letters won (C) - Denotes captains   HEAD COACH: Grey Giovanine ASSISTANT COACHES: Tom Jessee, Rick Harrigan, Dallas Duwa, Jordan Delp