SEWARD, Neb. – For the second time in his career, junior Chandler Folkerts has been named GPAC/Hauff Mid-America Sports Men’s Basketball Player of the Week. A first team all-conference selection in 2014-15, the native of Milford, Neb., received both GPAC and NAIA national player of the week accolades back on Jan. 6, 2015.
Folkerts played a starring role in leading the Bulldogs back from a 24-point deficit to force overtime in last week’s 104-102 overtime loss at Dordt. The 6-foot-8 post posted a career high 33 points while equaling a season high with 13 rebounds. He made 14-of-18 shots from the field on the way to becoming the program’s 27th member of the 1,000-point club. Folkerts totaled 11 of his points over the final eight minutes of regulation at Dordt.
On the season, Folkerts is averaging 18.2 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.2 blocks. His .642 field goal percentage ranks fifth best among all qualifying NAIA Division II players. In his career as a Bulldog, Folkerts has amassed 1,027 points and 445 rebounds over 72 games.
Folkerts and the Bulldogs (8-4) return to action next week when they play Simpson University on Dec. 29 and California State University Maritime on Dec. 30. Both games will take place on Simpson’s campus, located in Redding, Calif.