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MIAC All-Conference honorees Matt Johnson and Rowan Nelson were named to the CSC Academic All-District Team.  
MIAC All-Conference honorees Matt Johnson and Rowan Nelson were named to the CSC Academic All-District Team.  

Johnson & Nelson Named CSC Academic All-District

MOORHEAD, Minn. (3/28/24)---Concordia MIAC All-Conference honorees Matt Johnson (Sr., Fergus Falls, Minn.) and Rowan Nelson (Jr., Melrose, Minn.) added another award to their résumé as both players were named to the College Sports Communicator's (CSC) Academic All-District Team.  

The 2024 Academic All-District Men's and Women's Basketball Teams, selected by College Sports Communicators, recognize the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performances on the field and in the classroom.

A new format for the 2023-24 academic year, nominees must be a sophomore or better with a 3.5 cumulative GPA or higher. Athletically, student-athletes must either appear in 90 percent of their team's games or start 66 percent of them.

Both Johnson and Nelson received MIAC All-Conference honors last month. The tandem helped the Cobbers earn an MIAC playoff spot for the first time since 2016. Concordia finished with a 16-10 overall record and a 12-8 mark in the conference. Both win totals are the most since 2016.

The two players also recorded their 1,000th career point during the year. Johnson surpassed the 1,000-point mark in the Cobbers' playoff game at Hamline, while Nelson's milestone moment came in the regular-season finale vs. St. Scholastica.

Johnson carries a 3.98 grade point average (GPA) while majoring in Finance. He led the Cobbers in scoring in 2024 with a 15.6 points per game average. He was also tops on CC in 3-point field goals made and free throw percentage. Johnson drained 64 shots from outside the arc and connected on 84.8% of his free throw attempts during the year.

Nelson is double majoring in Applied Physics and Mathematics and has a 3.86 GPA. He was second on the team in scoring with a 14.0 ppg average, but led the team in 3-point field goal percentage field goal percentage. He shot 43.8% from outside the arc.     

Academic All-District® honorees advance to the CSC Academic All-America® ballot. First-, second and third-team Academic All-America® honorees will be announced April 16 (women) and April 17 (men).

The Division II and III CSC Academic All-America® programs are partially financially supported by the NCAA Division II and III national governance structures to assist CSC with handling the awards fulfillment aspects for the 2022-23 Divisions II and III Academic All-America® programs. The NAIA CSC Academic All-America® program is partially financially supported through the NAIA governance structure.