By: Sean Neidig, sports information graduate assistant
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The National Association of Basketball Coaches announced its 2019 NABC Coaches' Division III All-America teams on Thursday, a collection of the most outstanding players in the country. As the culmination of a stellar season and lifetime of work, Capital University Men's Basketball senior guard Austin Schreck has been named a Second Team All-American.
Following his outstanding 2018-19 campaign, Schreck (Erlanger, Ky./Dixie Heights) has been named Ohio Athletic Conference Player of the Year, OAC Defensive Player of the Year, First Team All-OAC, First Team All-Great Lakes Region by D3hoops.com and First Team All-District by the NABC. He also earned a spot on the 2019 Resse's ® Division III College All-Star Game roster. He was then named an Academic All-American and Academic All-OAC.
As a senior and team captain in 2018-19, Schreck was one of the most consistent and impressive performers in the country on both ends of the floor. As a four-year starter, Schreck established new career highs in points, rebounds, assists and steals while tying his career mark for blocks. Schreck was Capital's leading scorer with 489 points (16.9 ppg), led the team with 84 assists (2.9 apg) and had a team-high 39 steals (1.3spg). As a 6-foot-3 guard, Schreck finished second on the team with 181 total rebounds (6.2 rpg) and 10 blocks.
Schreck ranked fourth in the OAC in points per game, sixth in rebounds per game, ninth in assists per game and seventh in steals per game. He is one of only two OAC players to rank in the top 10 in all four categories. Schreck led all OAC guards in rebounds. Schreck is the only OAC player named to the All-American list.
On Dec. 8 against Ohio Northern University, Schreck became the 32nd member of Capital's 1,000 career point club and ranks 11th on Capital's all-time scoring list with 1,382 career points.
Schreck's play helped the Crusaders achieve one of the most successful seasons in program history in 2018-19 as Capital finished the year with an overall record of 21-8 and conference record of 14-4. The team earned a share of the OAC regular season title and the top seed in the OAC Tournament qualifying for the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2011-12 and advancing to the second round. The Crusaders were also ranked in the D3hoop.com Top 25 for the first time since 2008-09. Capital spent six weeks in the Top 25.
Schreck is the first Crusader to be named an All-American since Spencer Niekamp in 2013.