SEWARD, Neb. – Concordia men’s basketball standout Chandler Folkerts has garnered the GPAC’s male nomination for the NAIA’s prestigious Emil S. Liston Award. The Liston Award is named in honor of the NAIA’s first executive secretary and trailblazer behind the NAIA Men’s Basketball National Tournament. The award has been presented annually since 1950 to one junior men’s and one junior women’s basketball student-athlete who has shown high athletic and scholastic achievement.
Folkerts, a senior-to-be, has received numerous honors throughout his first three seasons as a Bulldog. The mathematics major (physics minor) sports a 3.99 cumulative GPA and has already twice been named a CoSIDA Academic All-American. This past season as a junior, the native of Milford, Neb., averaged 19.6 points and 8.5 rebounds and shot 66.6 percent from the field. On Concordia men’s basketball all-time lists, he currently ranks seventh in blocked shots (99), ninth in rebounds (618) and 10th in scoring (1,397).
The national winners will be announced in conjunction with the 2016 NAIA Awards Day. Last year the NAIA revealed its honorees on Sept. 15. No 2016 awards date is currently listed on NAIA.org.