Rudeen named Mustangs' MVP
Danny Rudeen, a 6-3 senior guard from Sioux City, received the Most Valuable Player Award for the Morningside College men’s basketball team at the Mustangs’ post-season awards banquet held Saturday.
Rudeen was the Mustangs’ leading scorer and second leading rebounder this past season with averages of 20.5 points and 5.0 rebounds per game. He scored a school-record 697 points and was the Mustangs’ leading scorer in 22 of their 34 contests. Rudeen ranked fourth nationally in the NAIA Division II ranks in both 3-point field goal percentage and free throw percentage with 82 3-point field goals in 173 attempts for 47.4 percent and 191 free throws in 214 attempts for 89.3 percent.
Rudeen finished his career as the second leading scorer in Morningside history with 1,974 career points.
The Mustangs’ other award winners were:
Defensive Player of the Year Award – Tanner Miller, a 6-1 junior guard from Gretna, Neb.
Most Improved Award – Andrew Christen, a 6-4 junior forward from Anselmo, Neb., and Steve O’Neill, a 6-1 junior guard from Council Bluffs, Iowa.
Mustang Character Award – Tanner Ferguson, a 6-2 senior guard from Dakota Dunes, S.D.
Arnold Weight Lifter of the Year Award – Rudeen.
Morningside posted a 25-9 record and finished second in the Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) standings with a 16-4 league mark during the 2013-14 season. The Mustangs defeated GPAC regular season champion Dordt College 87-85 in the title game of the GPAC Post-Season Tournament to earn their fourth NAIA Division II National Tournament berth in the last nine years.