Kotzur Named Heartland Player of the Week


SAN ANTONIO — The Rowdy Rattlers, St. Mary’s student cheering section, chants “All Day” whenever Kevin Kotzur makes a big play.

And it’s because of moments like these.

Kotzur, the senior forward/center from La Vernia, Texas, has been named the Heartland Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Week after a monster week in which he recorded a trio of double-doubles and three 20-point performances to match over the Rattlers’ three games.

He averaged 22 points and 11.7 rebounds for the week, all while shooting 71.8 percent from the floor. His week included posting 21 points and 12 rebounds in a four-point loss to No. 2-ranked Washburn University, moving him into sixth place in St. Mary’s history with 1,533 career points.

Being named the Heartland’s Player of the Week is nothing new for Kotzur, as he won the honor five times last year, more than anyone else in the league.

St. Mary’s, 3-1 on the season, continues action Saturday when it hosts Texas A&M International in the Heartland opener. They will tip off at 4 p.m. at Bill Greehey Arena.

St. Mary’s University, as a Catholic Marianist University, fosters the formation of people in faith and educates leaders for the common good through community service, integrated liberal arts and professional education, and academic excellence. The University has six athletic national titles: men’s basketball (1989–NAIA), baseball (2001–NCAA Div. II), softball (1986–NAIA and 2002–NCAA Div. II) and an individual national champion in men’s golf (2006–NCAA Div. II) and a national academic championship in men’s golf (2009–NCAA Div. II). St. Mary’s also had more than 40 percent of its athletes named to conference, regional and/or national honor rolls this past year. St. Mary’s student–athletes graduation rate is 65 percent, higher than the NCAA Division II average of 55 percent. To learn more about St. Mary's, visit www.stmarytx.edu/athletics.