Six Saint John’s University basketball student-athletes received All-MIAC honors and third-year head coach Pat McKenzie was named the MIAC Coach of the Year on Tuesday, February 27.
Among the ball players was junior guard David Stokman of Maple Lake who was named to the All-MIAC second team. Stokman averaged 13.1 points per game and shot 40.1 percent from three-point range in 19 conference games this season. On January 27 at Bethel, Stokman scored 25 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to record the first doubledouble by a Johnnie guard since 2015 (Mitchell Kuck ’16). Stokman became the 37th player in SJU history to reach 1,000 career points on February 14 at Gustavus Adolphus. He has 16 games of 20 points or more in his career, including five this season. His 172 career three-pointers are tied for third-most in school history.
The Johnies 23 wins are the most for SJU since the 1985-86 season and serve as the program’s 11th 20-win season. The Johnnies won 16 consecutive games during the 2017-18 season, their longest win streak since they won 27 straight in 1978-79.
SJU ended the conference schedule as the MIAC leader in five statistical categories in league play: shooting percentage (.505), three-point percentage (.425), defensive rebounds (581), rebounding (39.0 rpg.), and scoring (80.7 ppg.). The first-place finish was the third in the last four seasons in the two shooting percentages, while the rebounding crown was SJU’s first in recorded history (since 1981-82). The last time the Johnnies led the MIAC in scoring, in conference play, was 2000-01 (77.9 ppg.).
The Johnnies are currently second out of 416 NCAA Division III teams in shooting percentage (.514), third in three-point percentage (.421),, third in rebound margin (+9.7), and seventh in free-throw percentage (.781).