Little Falls graduate Dan Kornbaum, a senior on the Augsburg College men’s basketball team, scored his 1,000th collegiate point, Jan. 11, throwing down 22 in a 69-42 rout over Macalester College.
Kornbaum scored 281 points at two seasons with the University of Minnesota-Duluth and now has 724 in a season and a half at Augsburg.
For the 6-foot-9 post, the milestone wasn’t something he didn’t think he could accomplish. Rather, it was something he simply didn’t think about accomplishing, period … until just before the Saturday tipoff.
“I never really thought about it until the night before the game I got my 1,000th point,” Kornbaum said. “I got curious and calculated how many points I had and was shocked to only be 17 away.”
That proved to be more than manageable for Kornbaum, who is averaging a team-high 19.8 points per contest for the 9-4 Auggies this year.
For a player that was All-State Honorable Mention in high school, the jump to college ball had some challenges, but none that overwhelmed him.
“The transition wasn’t really that tough,” Kornbaum said. “Coach (Kevin) Jordan prepared me well for the intensity I would need in practice. The biggest and toughest part of the transition was the extra time commitment.
“It didn’t take long to figure out how I need to manage my time,” he said. “Also, the guys I have to go against in college are much bigger than high school, so my height isn’t as advantageous. My hook shot definitely set me up to be successful in college; I have my grandpa to thank for that.”
In addition to standing out on the court, Augsburg has given Kornbaum a chance to excel in the classroom as well, as he pursues a Physics major with the goal of obtaining an engineering job.
“Being a student-athlete at any level is never easy,” Kornbaum said. “It takes a lot of work to be able to do both. The professors here at Augsburg are nothing but helpful. If there’s ever a conflict in schedule, all I need to do is let them know and then we’re able to make something work out.”