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Get to know the Vikings

As the Augustana men's basketball team heads into the postseason, here's a look at the 17 players who have contributed to a school-record 24 victories in the regular season.

February  26, 2016

Hunter Hill

Senior point guard, economics and business administration (management) major, Byron (Ill.) High School

Hill has won the CCIW's Most Outstanding Player honors each of the past two seasons. In three seasons as a starter, he's averaged 14.3 points a game. His 146 career 3-pointers rank fourth all-time at Augustana.

Ben Ryan

Senior forward, biochemistry and pre-medicine majors, Washington (Ill.) High School

Ryan was named to the first team of the Capital One Academic All-District team the past two seasons. He leads Augustana scoring (14.7 points per game) and rebounding (7.3).

Brandon Motzel

Senior forward, engineering physics and pre-medicine majors, Carmel High School, Buffalo Grove, Ill.

Motzel has been remarkably efficient offensively, hitting 65 percent of his field goals to lead the Vikings. He's second on the team in rebounding at 6.3 a game and averages 8.4 points. His 28 blocked shots are also a team best.

Jawan Straughter

Senior guard, psychology major, Plainfield East High School, Bolingbrook, Ill.

This season, Straughter was again the Vikings’ lockdown defender. He also joined Motzel, Ryan and Hill on the all-CCIW team.

Griffin Pils

Senior guard, business administration (finance) major, Libertyville (Ill.) High School

Pils scored a career-high 27 points in the regular-season finale at Wheaton, to help the Vikings win the CCIW title in overtime. His shooting touch has boosted the Vikings in many big moments.

Tayvian Johnson

Senior forward, biology/pre-medicine majors, United Township High School, East Moline, Ill.

Johnson has traded starts with Motzel much of the season and averaged 8.6 points and 5.2 rebounds. Quick and agile for his size, Johnson leads the Vikings with 30 steals.

Dylan Sortillo

Sophomore guard, business major, Bettendorf (Iowa) High School

Sortillo saw significant playing through much of his first year with the Vikings and those minutes increased this season. He's second to Hill with 29 3-pointers, and he's made a team-best 45-percent of his attempts. An ankle sprain kept him out of the regular-season finale, but coach Giovanine is optimistic of a quick return.

Chrishawn Orange

First-year guard, undecided, Jacobs High School, Algonquin, Ill.

Orange saw playing time in all 25 of the Vikings' regular-season contests and averages five points a game. On Jan. 13, he hit three 3-pointers on his way to scoring a career-high 18 points to lead Augustana to a 76-49 win over conference runner-up North Central.

Jacob Johnston

Junior guard, accounting major, Erie High School, Cordova, Ill.

Johnston has done a little of everything this season. He's scoring 4.6 points a game, pulling down two rebounds and hitting the occasional 3-pointer. He's also one of the team's best free-throw shooters at 76 percent.

Pierson Wofford

First-year forward, undecided, Springfield (Ill.) Lutheran High School

Wofford has worked his way into the Vikings' rotation. Against Wheaton on Feb. 20, he was the second player off the bench and scored a career-high 12 points.

Michael Hoekstra

Junior forward, business administration and accounting majors, Bishop McNamara High School, St. Anne, Ill.

Hoekstra doesn't take that many shots, but when he does, they're quality looks. He's hit 20 of 29 this season and grabbed 2.1 rebounds a game.

Nolan Ebel

First-year guard, undecided, Regis Jesuit High School, Englewood, Colo.

Ebel has worked his way into 14 games in his first season on the team. He ranks near the top of a solid foul-shooting squad. His 13 makes in 15 tries are good for 87 percent.

A.J. Dollmeyer

Sophomore center, undecided, Polo (Ill.) High School

Dollmeyer is in his first year with the Vikings after transferring from Sauk Valley Community College. He's the tallest Vikings player by a full 2 inches at 6-foot-9.

Jake Gylten

Senior forward, pre-medicine and neuroscience majors, Iowa City West High School.

Gylten has played in 15 games this season. He and the other seven Augustana seniors have won 90 games against 22 losses in their four seasons.

 

Joe Kellen

First-year guard, undecided, Rockford (Ill.) Lutheran High School

In high school, Kellen earned all-state honors and twice led his team to the Illinois state tournament. He's seen action in nine Augustana games this season, notching four steals and two assists.

Jake Norcia

Senior guard, multimedia journalism and mass communication major, Highland Park (Ill.) High School

Norcia has seen limited minutes in his senior season after working his way back from a serious E. coli infection that landed him in the hospital for nine days last fall. He's played in eight games this season.

Jordan Bradshaw

First-year guard, undecided, Hillsdale Central High School, Clarendon Hills, Ill.

Getting his first varsity minutes in the second-to-last regular-season contest made Bradshaw the fifth first-year player to earn game minutes this season.