Please be sure to check out my feature story on the 5 best players in the Kevin Schlagel 17-year head coaching era in Thursday’s editions of the Times.
I also made a 2nd and 3rd team that was listed in the paper, but we didn’t have room for a deeper look into them.
First off, the first team was made up of three guards in Forrest Witt, Taylor Witt and David Dreas. Matt Schneck is the center and Jason Kron was the forward.
The second team is made up of two guards in Nate Miller and Alex Carlson, forwards Rado Rancik and Matt Siegle and center Jon Hinzmann.
The third team consists of forwards Andrew Bernstetter, Theo Rothstein, B.J. Brant and guards Brett Putz and Sean Whitlock.
Here’s a look at the second team:
Alex Carlson (2000-04)
The Litchfield High School grad knew how to run an offense. He averaged 11.7 points a game in his career and is 22nd on the all-time scoring list with 1,268 points.
He was the 2004 NCC defensive player of the year. He’s third on the all-time assists chart (584) and fourth on the steals list (181).
Nate Miller (2001-05)
The Little Falls grad played at a frantic pace and could get to the basket with ease for being a little guy.
He’s 13th on the all-time scoring list with 1,443 points. He’s second in career steals (223) and fifth in three-pointers made (188). Miller is now the head boys basketball coach at Holdingford.
Rado Rancik (1999-2002)
The forward got even better after he left SCSU. He’s become a steady player overseas. He’s currently playing for ČEZ Basketball Nymburk in the Czech Republic.
Rancik had 1,527 points to rank him 10th on the all-time SCSU scoring chart. He was a three-time All-NCC performer and was the NCC freshman of the year in 1999.
Matt Siegle (2002-06)
The first “stretch forward” that SCSU had by playing inside and out.
The Long Prairie-Grey Eagle graduate finished 21st in scoring all-time at SCSU with 1,293 points. He was the 14th SCSU player to score more than 1,000 points and grab more than 500 rebounds (671) in his career.
Jon Hinzmann (1994-98)
The center played for Schlagel in his first season back in the 1997-98 campaign.
Hinzmann was a first-team All-American in that season. He averaged 14.3 points a game for his career. He finished ninth on the all-time scoring list with 1,543 points.
Here’s a look at the third team:
Andrew Bernstetter (2007-11)
“Bernie” was one of the best defensive players in the Schlagel era. The Holdingford High School graduate has the most blocks in a season (72) and in a career (174).
He was also capable of offensive outbursts at times and came on strong during his senior season on that end of the floor. Also one of the best dunkers in the history of the program.
Theo Rothstein (2008-13)
Another great dunker who could lock opponents up on the defensive end.
He didn’t become an offensive standout until his senior year. Injuries plagued him throughout and he ended his career by tearing an ACL at the end of his senior year.
He finished 32nd on the all-time scoring list with 1,065 points. He played in 121 games, which is the third-most in school history.
B.J. Brant (1999-2002)
Brant played one year of football at Wisconsin before transferring to St. Cloud State.
The big man preferred to stay outside and finished with 1,108 points, which is 28th on the scoring chart.
Brett Putz (2008-12)
“Putzie” could fill it up from the outside. He holds the school record for most games played at 124.
He’s 19th on the all-time scoring list with 1,315 points. He finished second in three-pointers made with 245. Dreas is No. 1 with 250.
Putz is now an assistant coach at Wayne State (Neb.).
Sean Whitlock (1994-98)
Whitlock played for Schlagel in his first season in 1997-98.
He finished 23rd on the all-time scoring list with 1,221 points and is fourth all-time in assists (459).