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The University of Saint Francis men's basketball coaches had high hopes for Scott Kohne when they recruited him out of Bishop Dwenger High School. However, to envision him becoming one of the nation's elite players as a junior might have surprised many. But that is where the Cougar center finds himself today.
Kohne was named as an NAIA Division II All-American recently.
“This is quite an accomplishment for Scott considering we didn't make it to the national tournament,” Saint Francis coach Chad LaCross said in a release. "He earned it and he deserves all the credit. He had an excellent season.”
Kohne was selected to the third team All-America.
The 6-foot-7 junior was a two-time Crossroads League Player of the Week during this past season and was selected to the conference first-team.
He was also named to the league All-Defensive Team, while leading the Cougars in scoring, rebounding and blocked shots for much of the season.
Kohne tied for the regular-season CL lead in double-doubles with 17 (points-rebounds) and led the conference in blocked shots with 55. He also finished second in blocked shots per game (1.8), was third with a 19.0 scoring average, and second with a 10.2 rebounding average. Kohne ranks in the top 50 players nationally in eight different categories.
He scored in double figures in 17 straight games and in 29 of USF's 31 games this year. Kohne scored 30 or more points twice with a season-high of 33 against Point Park in November.
Kohne dropped 32 points on Marian in a league game and scored 20 or more points in 12 games.
He had 17 double figure rebound games, including a high of 19 at Huntington in January. His 315 total rebounds is No. 6 in the Saint Francis single-season list and his 235 total rebounds rank fifth in program history for a single-season.
Kohne also became the 31st player to join the Saint Francis 1,000 point list and climbed to No. 26 by the end of the season with 1,040 pointsafter scoring 588 this season.
LaCross has now had four players earn NAIA All-America recognition in his three seasons as Cougar coach.
Kohne was not the only area athlete to earn third team All-American honors. Former Carroll High School standout and current Huntington University junior forward Shane Merryman was also named to the squad.
Merryman and Kohne were a pair of the nine Crossroads League players to receive All-America honors.
The 6-foot-5 forward was the Foresters' go-to man offensively this season.
He finished sixth in NAIA Division II in scoring (21.97) and field goal percentage (61.8 percent). Merryman also enjoyed plenty of success at the charity stripe where he knocked down 83.0 percent of his attempts to finish 14th in the nation in free throw percentage.
In addition to topping the conference in scoring and shooting, Merryman also finished second in the league in free throw percentage, seventh in total rebounds per game (6.29) and eighth in defensive rebounds per game (4.45) and for his efforts was named First Team All-Conference.
Merryman is only the eighth Forester to be recognized as an All-American in the past decade.
To date, he has accumulated 1,334 points which places him 25th on HU's all-time scoring list. For his career, he is averaging 14.3 points and 6.0 rebounds per outing.