Spring Arbor University Basketball Player Paul Marandet (courtesy photo)
Spring Arbor University Basketball Player Brandon Durnell (courtesy photo)
(March 19, 2020 5:19 PM) For the second straight year, Spring Arbor University’s Paul Marandet (Warsaw, IN / Warsaw) was named a First Team All-American while Brandon Durnell (Fort Wayne, IN / Homestead) received honorable mention honors for the second time, the national office announced on Thursday.
Marandet, now a three-time All-American selection after also earning Third Team honors as a freshman, led Spring Arbor in scoring this season with a career-high 629 points, which ranked top-25 nationally, and a career-high 19.1 points per game. The Warsaw, Indiana native also shot a career-best 55 percent from the field while also shooting at a 43 percent clip from 3-point range and 84 percent from the free throw line.
Marandet is one of only eight players to score over 2,000 career points in the 57-year history of the program. Over his four-year career, he amassed 2,158 points, which ranks fourth on the SAU all-time scoring list.
In addition to his ability to score, the senior floor general was also one of the nation’s best playmakers, leading the conference, and ranking third in the NAIA, in assists, averaging 5.9 per game. Through his career, Marandet dished out 755 total assists – breaking the program’s record for career assists set by SAU Hall of Famer Micah Lancaster from 2002-06.
Durnell followed up his breakout sophomore season with a another standout campaign in 2019-20. The junior forward secured his second consecutive honorable mention All-American selection after averaging a career-high 16.9 points per game while also registering 6.2 rebounds per game. He scored at least 20 points in 13 games this season and recorded three double-doubles.
Durnell joined SAU’s 1,000 Point Club this season. The Fort Wayne, Indiana native has posted 1,290 points in three seasons with the Cougars and currently ranks 28th in program history.
Spring Arbor was ranked No. 19 in the final NAIA Division II Men’s Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll. The Cougars finished the season with an overall record of 20-13 – their third straight 20-win campaign – and made their second consecutive appearance in the national tournament.
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