Augustana forward Daniel Jansen was named the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Freshman of the Year and Cameron McCaffrey was named to the All-NSIC first team the league announced on Wednesday.
Jansen is the third Viking to earn freshman of the year honors from the NSIC since Augustana joined the league in 2008-09. McCaffrey won the award in 2009-10, while Cody Schilling earned the first ever NSIC Freshman of the Year award in 2008-09 (the NSIC first named a freshman of the year in 2008-09).
Jansen, a native of Orange City, Iowa, has scored 11.2 points per game, which is second highest on the team, with a team-high 5.9 rebounds per game in 2012-13. Jansen finished the NSIC season with 11.4 points and 5.6 rebounds per conference game and ranked 12th in the league shooting 52.2 percent from the field. He has scored in double-digits 18 times this season and has a team-high two double-doubles. The freshman posted career-highs with 24 points and 11 rebounds in a win over Northern State on Feb. 9. Jansen has started all 28 games this season and ranks third on the team playing 24.3 minutes per game.
McCaffrey, a native of Portland, Ore., currently leads Augustana with 21.3 points per game and has scored in double figures in 26 of 28 games while dishing out a career-high 128 assists (4.6 assists/game). He currently ranks third in the NSIC and 17th in the country shooting 88.4 percent from the free throw line and fifth with an assist/turnover ratio of 1.71. McCaffrey is 71 points shy of setting a single season record at Augustana, having scored 597 points in 2012-13. McCaffrey averaged 21.0 points while dishing out 4.18 assists per game and shooting 89.1 percent from the free throw line in 22 conference games. The senior recently became Augustana’s all-time leading scorer, having scored 1,902 points in 114 career games.
No. 21-ranked Augustana, at 21-7 on the season, continues play in the NSIC/Sanford Health Men’s Basketball Tournament on Friday, taking on No. 7-ranked Minnesota State in a semifinal game at Taylor Arena in Rochester, Minn. beginning at 7:30 p.m.