Waldorf University men’s basketball players Kaden Verdin and Michael Morgan capped the season with all-conference honorable mention recognition from the North Star Athletic Association (NSAA), which was announced on Tuesday.
Verdin led the Warriors in scoring with 11.7 points a game and ranked second on the team while averaging seven rebounds. The 6-foot-9 junior center from Atwater, Calif. recorded six double-doubles on the season and currently ranks seventh in the conference in rebounds per game. Verdin blocked a team-high 29 shots on the season. With 60 career blocks through his first three years, Verdin ranks third among Waldorf’s all-time leaders. He finished the season shooting 46.7 percent (136-of-291) from the field.
Morgan was second in scoring for the Warriors, averaging 10.9 points and a team-high 8.1 rebounds. His rebounding average currently ranks third in the NSAA. Morgan led Waldorf with nine double-doubles and shot 54 percent (127-of-235) from the floor. The 6-foot-4 senior forward from Charlotte, Tenn. concluded his career as Waldorf’s all-time leader with 672 rebounds, ranks sixth in scoring with 803 points and finished in a sixth-place tie with 30 blocks.
Waldorf turned in an 11-19 record and wrapped up the regular season with a 7-9 conference record after scoring an 84-82 upset win over Bellevue University (22-10), which was ranked No. 21 in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Division II poll during the Feb. 18 matchup at Forest City. The Warriors earned the No. 7 seed in the NSAA Tournament and closed out the season in a hard-fought 73-67 loss to third-seeded Dickinson State University (22-11) during last Thursday’s NSAA Tournament quarterfinal at Dickinson, N.D.