Egli Named NCAA III Men's Basketball National Player of the Year

EgliTERRE HAUTE, IND. -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology senior guard Bryan Egli (West Terre Haute/West Vigo) has been named the NCAA Division III National Men's Basketball Player of the Year by Columbus Multimedia after leading the Engineers to a 20-6 record and their third NCAA III Tournament appearance in the past four years.

Egli became the first men's basketball player in school history to earn first-team All-American honors with this selection. Egli is also the first Rose-Hulman basketball All-American since Scott Beach and David Urbanek earned second-team Academic All-American honors in 1992 and 1988, respectively.

Egli shared Columbus Multimedia first-team All-American honors with Adam DeChristopher, senior G, Plymouth State; Andy Panko, senior F, Lebanon Valley; Michael Schantz, senior F, Hamilton; Devean George, senior F, Augsburg; and Lonnie Walker, senior C, Alvernia.

Columbus Multimedia is owned and operated by Barry Robinson of Columbus, Ohio. Robinson has created a formula to determine team power ratings throughout the season. He awards regional and national individual honors based on statistical performances through the same formula.

Egli averaged 22.8 points, 4.2 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game to lead the Engineers to the 1998-99 SCAC men's basketball championship and an automatic bid to the NCAA III Tournament. Egli was the unanimous SCAC Player of the Year choice in postseason balloting by league head coaches and was named first-team all-south region by the National Association of Basketball Coaches.

Egli surpassed the 40-point mark twice (44 at DePauw and 41 vs. Oglethorpe) and was named SCAC Player of the Week six times. Egli was named to the Division III Online National "Team of the Week" four times and earned National Player of the Week honors from Columbus Multimedia.

Egli finished the season ranked 18th nationally in scoring and improved his field goal percentage from 39.2% to 47.5% in 1998-99. Prior to his two outbursts of more than 40 points, Egli established a career-high with 35 points in Rose-Hulman's 86-83 loss at Millikin, then matched the feat in a 79-75 victory at Hendrix.

Egli ranks fifth on the Rose-Hulman basketball career scoring list with 1,745 points and 10th on the school's all-time assist list with 254. He became the second player in Rose-Hulman history to finish his career in the top 10 on both the school's scoring and assist lists.

Egli led Rose-Hulman's senior class to the second-best four-year stretch of basketball in school history. The 1999 senior class posted a career record of 71-35 and became the first Rose-Hulman squad to reach postseason play three times over a four-year span.

Egli is a civil engineering major and the son of Mark and Jenny Egli. He earned second-team NABC all-region honors last season after leading the Indiana Collegiate Athletic Conference scoring race with a 21.9 points per game average.