#5 - Raitis Grafs
|2002-03 Men's Basketball|
2001-2002: Named First Team All-Mid-Continent Conference ... has tallied 1,109 career points ... selected as Valpo's Player of the Game by CBS after scoring 21 points, grabbing eight rebounds and blocking three shots in the first round NCAA Tournament game vs. Kentucky ... named Mid-Con Player of the Week (Jan. 21) ... became Valpo's all-time blocked shots leader (Dec. 28 vs. West Virginia) ... had 66 blocked shots - one short of his own single-season school record (2000-2001) ... ranked 2nd in Mid-Con in field goal percentage (.572) ... ranked 2nd in the Mid-Con in blocked shots (2.06 pg.) ... had a career-high six blocked shots vs. Rhode Island ... named to Fiesta Bowl Classic All-Tournament Team ... scored season-high 24 vs. ORU ... was 4th in the Mid-Con in rebounding (6.8 rpg.) ... grabbed season-high 13 boards vs. UMKC ... recorded double-doubles vs. West Virginia, Oakland & UMKC.
Summer of 2001: Helped Latvia National Team to nation's best-ever finish in European Championships.
2000-2001: Earned First Team All-Mid-Con honors ... selected to Mid-Con All-Tournament Team ... named to Great Alaska Shootout All-Tournament Team ... earned Mid-Con Player of the Week recognition Feb. 5-11 ... led Mid-Con in blocked shots (2.09 pg.) with 67, setting a new Valpo single-season record ... finished 2nd in the Mid-Con in rebounding (8.1 pg.) ... led Valpo in scoring (13.8 ppg.), rebounding, field goals (157), free throws made/attempted (124-202) and blocked shots ... scored in double figures 25 times ... compiled eight double-doubles (points/rebounds) ... averaged 15.3 ppg. and 11.0 rpg. in Mid-Con Tournament ... had career highs of 16 rebounds vs. Youngstown St. and six blocks vs. IUPUI and Western Illinois.
1999-2000: Named to 2000 Mid-Con All-Newcomer Team ... led team with 38 blocked shots, ranking fifth in the Mid-Con (1.19 pg.) ... led team with 45 steals ... team leader in total rebounds (184) ... set career-high with 30 points vs. Belmont (1-10-00) ... first Crusader since Bryce Drew (1997-98) to score 30-or-more points ... had 13 rebounds vs. Belmont and Western Illinois ... grabbed 11 rebounds in Mid-Con Tournament title game victory over Southern Utah (3-7-00) ... grabbed team-high eight rebounds and scored seven points vs. eventual national champion Michigan State in first round of NCAA Tournament ... averaged 8.3 points ... scored in double figures 11 times ... recorded two double-doubles.
Latvia Junior National Team: Earned all-tournament honors while playing in the 1999 Junior World Championships in Portugal for the Latvia National Team ... named to the all-tournament team at the 1999 Douai World Tournament in France.
Personal: Son of Valdis and Lauma Grafs.
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