UST's Nelson, Tauer earn individual honors as D3hoops.com announces annual region awards

Nelson was named D3hoops.com's West Region Rookie of the Year on Monday.
Nelson was named D3hoops.com's West Region Rookie of the Year on Monday.

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. -- A trio of Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) men's basketball players were named to D3hoops.com's All-West Region Team on Monday, while St. Thomas guard Anders Nelson and head coach Johnny Tauer were recognized individually as the West Region's Rookie and Coach of the Year, respectively.

Nelson (Fr. | Edina) started all 29 games in his first season at St. Thomas, averaging 14.1 points and 4.5 assists in just under 26 minutes per game. The first-year point guard eclipsed 20 points in six games as a rookie, including a breakout 37-point performance in a wild 112-105 victory at Augsburg in January. He is the first MIAC player to be named West Region Rookie of the Year since Carleton's Kevin Grow in 2015.

Tauer received West Region Coach of the Year honors for the third time in his career after leading the Tommies to a 22-3 regular season and a trip to the Sweet 16 of the 2019 NCAA Division III Men's Basketball Tournament. The eighth-year head coach guided the Tommies to their 13th regular season championship in the last 14 years, thanks in large part to a 21-game winning streak through the heart of the season.

In addition to individual honors, three MIAC players were named All-West Region including Augsburg's Booker Coplin (First Team), Carleton's Kent Hanson (Third Team), and Saint John's David Stokman (Third Team). Stokman's selection is the second of his career, while Coplin and Hanson are both first-time honorees.

2019 D3hoops.com West Region Coach of the Year
Name Institution Previous Selections
Johnny Tauer St. Thomas 2013 | 2016
2019 D3hoops.com West Region Rookie of the Year
Pos. Name Institution Class  Hometown | High School
G Anders Nelson St. Thomas Fr. Edina, Minn.
2019 D3hoops.com All-West Region
Pos. Name Institution Class  Hometown | High School Team Previous Selections
G Booker Coplin Augsburg Jr. Shakopee, Minn. First Team --
G David Stokman Saint John's Sr. Maple Lake, Minn. Third Team 2017 (3T)
F Kent Hanson Carleton Jr. St. Paul, Minn. | St. Paul Academy Third Team --