ELMHURST, Ill. – For the first time in history, The Summit League produced a pair of men's basketball NCAA Statistical Champions. The Oakland duo of Travis Bader and Duke Mondy sat atop the final NCAA Division I statistics released this week.
Bader led all Division I players with 4.21 three-point field goals per game. Mondy recorded a national-best 3.03 steals per contest. The tandem became the league's sixth and seventh NCAA statistical champions.
North Dakota State's Marshall Bjorklund nearly became the third national leader in 2012-13, finishing second in field goal percentage (66.7). Both South Dakota State's Nate Wolters (fourth at 22.3 ppg) and Bader (fifth at 22.1 ppg) ranked among the NCAA's top-five scoring leaders.
In the team statistics, Western Illinois led the NCAA in fewest personal fouls per game (12.6) and placed second in scoring defense with 53.6 points allowed per game.
Previous NCAA statistical champions from The Summit League include last season's scoring champion, Oakland's Reggie Hamilton. In 2008-09, Oakland's Johnathon Jones was the national leader for assists per game and during the 1998-99 campaign, IUPUI's Rodney Thomas posted the NCAA's top three-point field goal percentage. Keith Closs of Central Connecticut State led the nation in blocked shots per game in both 1994-95 and 1995-96, making him the league's lone two-time NCAA statistical champion.
A summary of Summit League players/teams and their rankings in the final 2012-13 NCAA statistics can be found here.
ABOUT SUMMIT LEAGUE MEN'S BASKETBALL
Entering its fourth decade of Division I athletics, The Summit League features men's basketball teams from nine member institutions: Fort Wayne, IUPUI, Kansas City, North Dakota State, Oakland, Omaha, South Dakota, South Dakota State and Western Illinois. Known as the Mid-Continent Conference until 2007, The Summit League enjoyed unprecedented success during a 2011-12 campaign that included an all-time best final RPI ranking, the highest home attendance in league history, the most teams in postseason tournaments, a record total of all-district honorees and the NCAA scoring champion. For more information about the league and to "See The Summit", visit www.thesummitleague.org and follow Summit League Basketball on Twitter @summithoops.