San Antonio – You can’t delve far into St. Mary’s record book without finding the name of men’s basketball star Kevin Kotzur.
His name is everywhere, really, scattered among the program’s all-time best in categories such as scoring, rebounding and field-goal percentage.
The rest of the nation has certainly taken notice now that the 6-foot-8 center from La Vernia, Texas is entering his senior year. Kotzur, a perennial NCAA Division II All-Region selection, has been named Preseason All-American by Basketball Times, it was recently announced.
Kotzur ranks ninth in program history with 1,454 points, fifth in rebounding with 716 boards, No. 1 in field-goal percentage at 66.5 percent. The three-time All South Central Region honoree also ranks fourth in career field goals (615), sixth in scoring average (17.1 points per game), 10th in free throws made (224), and fifth in rebounding average (8.4 boards per game) – just to name a few.
Last season, Kotzur averaged 17.9 points and 8.6 rebounds in leading St. Mary’s to the South Central Regional after claiming the Heartland Conference Tournament championship, where Kotzur was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player after shooting 17 of 19 over two games.
Kotzur is one of three starters returning for the Rattlers, who were pegged by the conference’s coaches and sports information directors as the No. 2 pick in the Heartland preseason poll.
He was one of just 24 players nationally chosen to Basketball Times’ Preseason All-American list.