PUEBLO, Colo. (May 19, 2017) - Former Colorado State University-Pueblo men's basketball standout Nelson Kahler (Noosa Heads, Australia) has earned a pre-draft workout with the National Basketball Association's Denver Nuggets.
The Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year will conduct his workout Monday at the UC Health Practice Court at Pepsi Center in Denver.
The center from Australia is the first Pack player under sixth-year head coach Ralph Turner to earn a pre-draft workout from an NBA team.
In addition to earning RMAC Defensive Player of the Year, Kahler was an All-RMAC First Team selection after second team honors as a junior. He was also named Academic All-RMAC First Team this season. Kahler gathered four RMAC Defensive Player of the Week awards (Jan. 9, Jan. 16, Feb. 13 and Feb. 27) in 2016-17 and eight in his two year career.
The big man lead the league and ranked fifth nationally with 92 blocked shots (3.3 bpg was fourth nationally). He established a new program record for blocks in a game (10 at Colorado Christian, Jan. 17) and blocks in a season. His single game mark sits tied for second all-time in the RMAC, while the season total is fourth on the league's list. Seven times this season he recorded five or more blocks in a game.
Kahler shot the ball at a 61.6 percent clip to rank first in the RMAC and 17th in NCAA Division II (min 75% of their team's games and 5 FG made per game). He added 13.0 points per game to rank top 25 in the league. Kahler totaled 5.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 21.4 minutes per game and compiled three double-doubles. He scored 19 or more points in five games, which included a season-high 26 Feb. 7.
He left the ThunderWolves with 156 career blocked shots to rank second all-time at CSU-Pueblo and 10th in the RMAC.
The Pack men's basketball team went 19-9 with a 17-5 RMAC record to establish a new program record for conference victories. CSU-Pueblo finished third in the league standings and hosted their second RMAC Shootout First Round game in the last three years.
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As a member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, Colorado State University – Pueblo competes in 22 varsity sports in NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletics.