KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The NAIA announced their Division II All-American teams on Thursday, with two, local college student-athletes making the cut: Oregon Tech's Mitchell Fink and Southern Oregon's Tate Hoffman.
Fink, in his senior season, made the first team for the second year in a row, his third All-American designation in his career. The Clackamas-native set multiple school records this year, including becoming the Hustlin' Owls all-time leading scorer and assister. He closed out his final year in an Oregon Tech uniform with 625 points, 230 assists, 72 made three-pointers and 1,079 minutes. All of those statistics were team-highs.
Hoffman, also competing in his senior season, had a career year. He finished with career-highs in nearly every stat category including points (546), blocks (30), rebounds (213), made three-pointers (46) and assists (78). Hoffman led all Raiders this season in scoring by nearly 200 points. The next highest scorer was senior Aaron Borich with 379 points. Hoffman also led the team in blocks.
It's still unclear if the NAIA will grant its winter student-athletes an additional year of eligibility, but one thing is clear: both these athletes deserved their nomination and recognition as NAIA DII All-Americans.