Dordt College News

Lindbergh and Katje Honored By NAIA

March 19, 2014

(Wednesday, March 19; Sioux Center, Iowa) Kyle Lindbergh (Senior; Margate, Florida)  and Austin Katje (Senior, Orange City, Iowa) were honored Wednesday as the NAIA announced the Division II Men’s Basketball All-Americans.  Lindbergh, the GPAC Hauff Mid-America Player of the Year and GPAC Defensive Player of the Year this season, was named to the first-team and Katje, a first-team all-GPAC selection in 2013, was accorded honorable mention honors from the NAIA.

Lindbergh averaged 17.2 points and 11.0 rebounds per game and led the team in blocked shots and steals with 48 and 42 respectively.  Lindbegh also dished out 104 assists while converting 51.1 percent of his field goal attempts.  Lindbergh was the Defensive Player of the Year in 2012 while earning second-team all-GPAC honors and he was an honorable mention pick in 2013.  Lindbergh is the first Dordt College player to earn All-American first-team honors since 1988.  He leaves the Dordt basketball program with 1,398 points (9th all-time); 969 rebounds (2nd all-time); 301 assists (6th all-time) and 169 steals (4th all-time). 

Austin Katje (Senior; Orange City, Iowa) was an honorable mention selection after averaging 14.4 points and 4.3 rebounds per game with 48 assists.  Katje converted 80-183 three-point field goals for 43.7 percent success and leaves Dordt College as the career leader in three-point baskets made with 263.  Katje totaled 1,448 career points (7th all-time) and 483 rebounds (22nd all-time).

Lindbergh and Katje helped the Defenders to three-straight berths in the NAIA Division II National Championship Tournament, two GPAC regular season titles and a 105-30 record.

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