SEWARD, Neb. – Three senior members of the Concordia University men’s basketball team have been awarded distinction as 2016-17 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes. The list is headed by two-time Scholar-Athlete and CoSIDA Academic All-American of the Year Chandler Folkerts. He is joined with Scholar-Athlete honors by fellow two-time honorees Justin Damme and Eli Ziegler.
In order to be nominated by an institution’s head coach or sports information director, a student-athlete must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and must have achieved a junior academic status. A total of 175 Division II men’s basketball student-athletes across the nation were named 2016 Scholar-Athletes by the NAIA.
Concordia University ranks as the NAIA’s all-time leader in number of Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes with 1,250 and counting (27 for the fall athletics season). The 2015-16 season produced a GPAC best 92 Bulldog scholar-athletes and a national best 20 NAIA Scholar-Teams. The 2014-15 season culminated with GPAC-leading totals of 94 Bulldog scholar-athletes and 17 NAIA Scholar-Teams. During the 2013-14 academic year, Concordia garnered 101 Scholar-Athlete honorees (most in the NAIA) and 17 NAIA Scholar-Teams (tied for fourth nationally).
2017 Men’s Basketball Scholar-Athletes
Justin Damme, Sr. | Cook, Neb. | Geography
Chandler Folkerts, Sr. | Milford, Neb. | Mathematics/Physics
Eli Ziegler, Sr. | Littleton, Colo. | Marketing