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Douse named NAIA Division II Honorable Mention All-American

March 16, 2011

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Pictured: Point Park senior forward Kris Douse. Photo by Lyddia Ankrom.

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PITTSBURGH – Point Park University senior forward Kris Douse landed a spot as an NAIA Division II Honorable Mention All-American, as announced by the NAIA office on Wednesday. 

The 6-7, senior forward from Toronto, Ont., led the nation in rebounding at 12.6 boards per game, was one of only three players in the country to average more than 20 points and 10 rebounds per game and trailed only NABC-NAIA Division II National Player of the Year Sadiel Rojas for the national lead in double-doubles.

Douse, a transfer from Delaware State finished the year with 20.1 points and 12.6 rebounds per game as one of the top post players in NAIA Division II. His 19 double-doubles in 27 games were tied for second nationally.

Rojas, a senior guard/forward from Oklahoma Wesleyan, averaged 25.7 points and 11.9 rebounds per game, the latter of which placed second nationally to Douse by more than half a board per game. The NAIA DII first-team Rojas had a national-best 24 double-doubles.

Of the eight players in the country to average a double-double in points and rebounds, Douse led everyone on the boards and was third in that category in scoring. The only other players in the nation to average more than 20 points and 10 rebounds per game were Rojas and Notre Dame (OH)’s Eric Dummermuth (22.4 ppg, 10.9 rpg), who as an NAIA DII second-teamer.

Douse led Point Park (15-12) in points and rebounds and was named the Newcomer of the Year in the American Mideast Conference. A first-team All-AMC pick, he ranked 13th in NAIA DII in scoring and third in the AMC. He was a finalist for the AMC Player of the Year award, and he even finished ahead of fellow NAIA DII top big man Dummermuth in the consideration for that.

Douse started his career at Nebraska before moving on to Delaware State the last couple of years. He transferred to Point Park this year and became the Pioneers’ top player. After a key injury to all-conference point guard T.J. Heatherington threatened Point Park’s hopes for the season, Douse put the team on his back by averaging 24.5 points per game over the final 14 games of the season. That stretched included 12 games of 20 or more points.

Douse’s season had several highlights including his 45 points that tied a school record at Mt. Vernon Nazarene on Jan. 21. That figure was tied for third most in NAIA DII this year. He also had 24 rebounds at Buffalo State, a mark that is the second most in school history. In all, he had five games with 18 or more rebounds.

Douse’s play led Point Park back to the AMC playoffs after a two-year absence. He had 22 points and 19 rebounds in first round loss to eventual NAIA DII tourney qualifier Cedarville.

The 6-7, 230-pound Douse helped Point Park do fairly well versus NAIA DII Top 25 opponents as he led the Pioneers to a 3-2 record in that category. The only losses in that group were two defeats to No. 1 Walsh, but Douse did his part in averaging 24.0 points and 13.5 rebounds per game versus the Cavaliers.