#PackPros: Kahler wraps first half of first professional season in Germany

#PackPros: Kahler wraps first half of first professional season in Germany


PUEBLO, Colo. (December 20, 2017) - Former Colorado State University-Pueblo men's basketball big man Nelson Kahler (Noosa Heads, Australia) inked a professional contract in August to continue his career in Germany. The two-year player for the ThunderWolves has completed the first half of the season with the Itzehoe Eagles in the Pro-B league.

Kahler has helped the team to a 7-7 start in the North Division. Wearing No. 24, as he did with the Pack, Kahler has played in 12 games and is averaging 19.3 minutes per game. He has averaged 8.9 points and 6.7 rebounds per game. He left the ThunderWolves second all-time in block shots and is averaging 2.2 blocks per game with Itzehoe to lead the Pro-B league. He is also shooting at a 51.9 percent clip and adding 0.9 assists per game. 

"I'm extremely excited to continue my basketball career at the professional level," Kahler said after signing in August. "It has always been a goal of mine and I'm really looking forward to seeing and learning the different style of play that Europe has to offer, and also traveling to different parts of the world throughout the process."

"I want to thank my basketball coaches, teammates, strength and conditioning coaches, athletic trainers, and all of the other athletic staff at CSU-Pueblo for helping to prepare me for this next chapter in my career."


In addition to earning RMAC Defensive Player of the Year following the 2016-17 season, Kahler was an All-RMAC First Team selection after second team honors as a junior. He was also named Academic All-RMAC First Team in 2016-17. 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.

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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.