Sport

Basketball

Years Played

1982-84

Year Inducted

2000

Berwald was the best big man to ever play at North Dakota State. At 6-foot-10, he was a dominant figure on the court for the Bison in both 1982-83 and 1983-84.

A native of Minneapolis, he transferred from the University of Nebraska, where he was a two-year letterman, and earned All-North Central Conference honors both his junior and senior seasons with the Herd. He averaged 17.9 points and 8.4 rebounds per game as a junior as the Bison logged a 21-9 campaign, finished third in the NCC and second in the NCAA regional. He was named to the all-region team.  Berwald followed that with a 21.4 scoring average and hauled down 9.5 rebounds per game his senior season during a 19-9 year, but the Bison missed the NCAA playoffs.

Berwald went 20 of 20 from the field against Augustana (S.D.) to set an all-divisions NCAA record and hit 28 consecutive field goals over parts of a three-game stretch that also remains an all-divisions NCAA record.

He holds school records for single-season field-goal percentage (.667), career field-goal percentage (.662), most points scored in a game (53 vs. Minnesota State-Mankato), and most points scored in a season (598 in 1983-84). The 53 points is still an NCC single game record, and he holds league records for field-goal accuracy for both a game and a career and field goals made in a game. His .662 career field-goal percentage ranks as the 12th best in NCAA Division II history.

He parlayed his collegiate career into a very successful professional career in European basketball. A fifth-round draft pick of the Los Angeles Lakers, he played 11 years in France, Spain, and Greece. He helped his Challans, France, team qualify twice for the European KORAC Cup championship; led ASKATUAK of San Sebsatian, Spain, to the European championship competition; led TDK Manresa, Spain, to a spot in the European Cup playoffs; and helped Peristeri of Athens, Greece, to a Final Four spot in the KORAC CUP and a spot in the European Cup playoffs.

He was a 10-time All-Star in Europe, MVP of numerous teams, averaged 26 points per game in Spain, and averaged 22 points per game in Greece.

Berwald returned to the Twin Cities area in 1995, where he was vice president of sales and marketing for TSM, Inc., in Plymouth, Minn., for two years, was the head basketball coach of the St. Paul Slam and the Fargo-Moorhead Beez of the International Basketball Association, and is currently a realtor in the Twin Cities with Coldwell Banker Burnet.

He and his wife Sandy have two daughters.