SEWARD, Neb. – A major reason for the Concordia University men’s basketball team’s successful road trip in Miami, senior post Chandler Folkerts has been tabbed the GPAC/Hauff Mid-America Sports Men’s Basketball Player of the Week, as announced by the conference on Tuesday (Jan. 3). This marks Folkerts’ second GPAC weekly award of the season and fourth in his collegiate career.
A native of Milford, Neb., Folkerts again dominated in the paint, going a combined 18-for-23 (.783) from the floor in last week’s road wins over No. 22 Florida Memorial University and No. 21 St. Thomas University. Folkerts put up a season best 32 points to go along with eight rebounds at Florida Memorial. For the week, he averaged 22.0 points, 7.5 rebounds and 1.0 block.
Winner of the NAIA’s prestigious Emil S. Liston Award presented to basketball student-athletes that represent high athletic and scholastic achievement, Folkerts continues to rise up the Concordia’s all-time statistical lists. Last week he passed Director of Athletics Devin Smith for fourth place in scoring and for fifth place in rebounding (Folkerts’ career ranks are shown below). This season Folkerts is averaging 19.3 points, 7.5 rebounds and 1.6 blocks and is shooting a career high 67.9 percent from the floor.
Folkerts and the Bulldogs (9-6, 2-5 GPAC) return to action on Wednesday when they will host Briar Cliff (13-4, 4-2 GPAC). Tipoff is set for 8 p.m. CT.
Folkerts Concordia all-time ranks
Points – 4th (1,686)
Rebounds – 5th (730)
Blocks – 4th (123)