Junior center Cole Aldrich of Kansas, Thomas More senior guard Daniel McKeehan lead ESPN the Magazine's Academic All-America® Men's Basketball Teams
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Junior center Cole Aldrich of number one-ranked Kansas
and senior guard Daniel McKeehan of Thomas More
headline the 2009-10 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America® Men’s Basketball teams, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).Aldrich and McKeehan have been selected as the Academic All-America® of the Year in the University and College Divisions, respectively.
A 6-11 center, Aldrich
is a communication studies major with a 3.32 grade point average (GPA). A two-year starter for the Jayhawks, he is one of only three players in the Big 12 Conference averaging double figures in scoring and rebounding. The Bloomington, Minn. native is averaging 11.6 points and 10.1 rebounds per game while leading Kansas to a 26-1 record through Feb. 21. Honored as the co-winner of the Big 12 Conference Pre-Season Player of the Year award, he is second in the Big 12 with 3.8 blocked shots per game, a mark that ranks him sixth in the nation. Aldrich has been named as the Big 12 Player of the Year twice this season.
As a sophomore, Aldrich was an honorable mention All-American selection while averaging 14.9 points and 11.1 rebounds per game. He was also named first team All-Big 12 Conference and NBC.com and Athlon’s named him the Most Improved Player in the nation. The Big 12 leader in blocked shots, Aldrich became the first player in the storied history of Kansas basketball to record a “triple double” when he scored 13 points with 20 rebounds and 10 blocked shots in a win over Dayton.
In addition to earning first team All-Big 12 notice as a sophomore, Aldrich was a member of the Big 12 Conference All-Defensive Team and was named as the co-winner of the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year award. As a freshman, he was a key reserve for the Jayhawks’ national championship team which defeated Memphis in the NCAA Final Four.
An economics major with a minor in business finance, McKeehan
has a perfect 4.00 GPA. A native of Mainville, Ohio, McKeehan has led Thomas More to a 19-6 record and a share of the President’s Athletic Conference regular season title.
A starter in 23 of 25 games for the Saints, he leads the team in scoring with a 15.7 average. The power forward has a team-leading .627 field goal percentage while averaging 4.8 rebounds per game. A solid all-around player, he is also the team leader with 55 assists and 55 steals.
A second team All-PAC selection as a junior after transferring from Milligan College, McKeehan scored a career high 33 points against conference rival Thiel on January 16. His performance earned him a spot on the D3hoops.com Team of the Week.
As a junior, McKeehan averaged 12.1 points and 4.6 rebounds per game while leading the Saints to the PAC championship. A member of the Economics Club, he was also selected to the Presidents Athletic Conference Academic Honor Roll for the 2008-09 year.UNIVERSITY DIVISION HONORS
The average G.P.A. for the first team is 3.70.
Joining Aldrich on the 2009-10 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America® University Division first team
are seniors Patrick Foley of Columbia University
and Yves Mekongo of La Salle
as well as juniors Tim Abromaitis of Notre Dame
and Butler University’s Matt Howard
Foley and Howard were second team selections in 2009 while Mekongo earned third team honors last year.
A finance major with a 3.72 GPA, Abromaitis
has started 19 of 27 games at Notre Dame this season. The team’s second-leading scorer with a 17.3 average, he has scored in double figures 24 times and has topped the 20-point mark in eight games. In the first start of his college career, he exploded for 31 points against Central Florida in early December.
One of the top three-point shooters in NCAA Division I, he has connected on 75 of 153 attempts for a .490 percentage. A native of Unionville, Conn., Abromaitis was named to the BIG EAST weekly honor roll earlier this season. Abromaitis, who will graduate one full year ahead of his class, has already been accepted into Notre Dame’s one-year intensified MBA program.
Only the second basketball player in Columbia history to earn Academic All-America® honors, Foley
is a History major with a 3.87 GPA. Despite missing nine games due to injuries, he is the Lions’ second-leading scorer with a 9.7 average. A two-year co-captain, he has started 14 games this season and leads the team with 2.8 assists per game. One of the Lions’ top free throw shooters, the Blue Point, N.Y. native has helped Columbia post a 9-15 record.
A finance major with a 3.77 GPA, Howard
has led 18th-ranked Butler to a 25-4 record and its fourth straight Horizon League regular season title. A second team Academic All-America® selection as a sophomore, he was named as the Horizon League Player of the Year last season. Named as the Horizon League’s Pre-Season Player of the Year in 2009-10, the 6-8 forward is averaging 11.9 points and 5.2 rebounds per game with a .488 field goal percentage while helping Butler to a 17-game winning streak, the longest in the nation.
Honored as a mid-major All-American as a sophomore, the Connersville, Ind. native averaged a team-leading 14.8 points and 6.8 rebounds per game in 2008-09. He is already the 20th-leading scorer in school history with 1,245 points.
A native of Cameroon, Mekongo
is an integrated science, business and technology major with a 3.81 GPA. A starter in 21 of 23 games for LaSalle, he suffered a broken finger injury in mid-February. The Explorers’ fourth-leading scorer, he is averaging 11.1 points per game as well as 5.5 rebounds per contest. In early February, he became the 48th player in school history to score 1,000 points in a career. Last summer, he represented Cameroon at the 2009 FIBA African Championships.
Seniors Marc Larson of Bowling Green, Roman Martinez of New Mexico and Nick Schneiders of South Carolina-Upstate
headline the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America® University Division second team. Junior E’Twaun Moore of Purdue
and sophomore Luke Babbitt of Nevada
complete the second team. The University Division third team includes seniors Matthew Mullery of Brown and Jake Robinson of Western Carolina
, along with juniors Devon Beitzel (Northern Colorado)
and Graham Hatch (Wichita State)
and sophomore Gordon Hayward
of 18th-ranked Butler
. COLLEGE DIVISION HONORS
The average G.P.A. for the first team of honorees is a very impressive 3.93.Joining McKeehan on the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America® College Division first team
are graduate student Aaron Hill of Rockhurst
and seniors Brock Bradford of Husson
, Chris Handke of Cornell College (Iowa)
, and Austin Meier of the Milwaukee School of Engineering
A third team Academic All-America® selection in 2009, Hill
graduated from Rockhurst with a degree in business administration and a 3.84 GPA. Currently pursuing his M.B.A., he was honored as the Great Lakes Valley Conference Player of the Year in 2008-09. Last season, he averaged 20.0 points per game and was honored as a second team All-American® selection. The third-leading scorer in the GLVC this season, he is averaging 19.7 points and 5.7 rebounds per game. Hill ranks among the NCAA Division II leaders in three-point shooting by converting 90 of 218 attempts. A native of Canton, Mo., Hill also ranks among the leading free throw shooters nationally (.886 percentage).Bradford
, an accounting major with a 3.97 GPA, is the leading scorer for Husson and has led the Eagles to a 15-10 record. A two-time All-North Atlantic Conference selection, he averaged 13.8 points per game as a junior while leading Husson to its first NAC championship. A four-year starter and two-year co-captain, Bradford is averaging 15.6 points and a team-leading 4.4 assists per game. He also leads the team with 2.2 steals per game. A native of Kendiskeag, Maine, he will finish his career as one of the leading scorers in school history with more than 1,300 points. He is also the second-leading free throw shooter in school history with an .840 mark. A Husson Presidential Scholar and Sigma Beta Delta inductee, Bradford has earned several Excellence in Accounting awards during his college career.
A biochemistry and molecular biology major with a 3.91 GPA, Handke
is a four-year starter for Cornell College who has led the Rams to a 15-10 record. The Rams’ leading scorer with a 13.5 average, he leads the Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference in rebounding and blocked shots. A 6-11 center, he is averaging 9.8 rebounds and 2.04 blocks per game. The Rams’ career leader in blocked shots, Handke led Cornell to the IIAC championship as a junior and earned all-tournament honors at the NCAA Division III regional tournament. A native of Bellevue, Iowa, he has been named to the Academic All-IIAC team three times.
The lone junior on the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America® College Division first team, Meier
has a double major in architectural engineering and construction management with a 3.95 GPA. A three-year starter who was named as the Northern Athletics Conference Rookie of the Year as a freshman, Meier has earned All-NAC honors twice for Milwaukee School of Engineering. The Raiders’ leading scorer with a 16.6 average, he ranks among the conference leaders with an 8.4 rebounding average while leading his team to a 16-9 record. He is also one of the NAC leaders with a .583 field goal percentage. A native of Oshkosh, Wis., he has received high honors for the last eight quarters at MSOE.
Senior Cameron Smith of Washington (Mo.)
, a third team selection last year, leads the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America® College Division second team. He is joined on the second team by seniors John Hoch of Carroll
, Andy O’Keefe of Grove City
and Aaron Trigg of Gordon (Mass.)
. Junior Zach Ashworth of Scranton
completes the second team.
Graduate student Scott Rodgers of Texas-Dallas
headlines the third team. He is joined by a pair of seniors, Andrew Dau of Simpson (Iowa)
and Matt Pelton of Augustana (Ill.)
, along with juniors Steve Djurickovic (Carthage)
and Eric Duerr
(Case Western Reserve).To be eligible for Academic All-America® honors, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director.
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2009-10 ESPN THE MAGAZINE Academic All-America®
Men’s Basketball Team (University Division) as selected by CoSIDA
FIRST TEAMName School Dist. Yr. Hometown GPA Major
Tim Abromaitis Notre Dame V Jr. Unionville, Conn. 3.72 Finance
Cole Aldrich Kansas VII Jr. Bloomington, Minn. 3.32 Communication studies
Patrick Foley (3) Columbia I Sr. Blue Point, N.Y. 3.87 History
Matt Howard (2) Butler V Jr. Connersville, Ind. 3.77 Finance
Yves Mekongo (2) La Salle II Sr. Elizabeth, N.J. 3.81 Int. Science, Business & Tech.SECOND TEAMName School Dist. Yr. Hometown GPA Major
Luke Babbitt Nevada VIII So. Reno, Nev. 3.51 Pre-business Administration
Marc Larson Bowling Green State IV Sr. Mattawan, Mich. 3.97 Engineering Technology
Roman Martinez New Mexico VI Sr. El Paso, Texas 3.48 Business Admin./Marketing
E'Twaun Moore Purdue V Jr. East Chicago, Ind. 3.30 Org. Leadership & Supervision
Nick Schneiders So. Carolina Upstate III Sr. Rietberg, Germany 3.71 Graphic DesignTHIRD TEAMName School Dist. Yr. Hometown GPA Major
Devon Beitzel Northern Colorado VII Jr. Lafayette, Colo. 3.72 Finance & Accounting
Graham Hatch Wichita State VII Jr. Mesa, Ariz. 3.73 Chemistry
Gordon Hayward Butler V So. Brownsburg, Ind. 3.31 Computer Engineering
Matthew Mullery Brown I Sr. Millstone, N.J. 3.31 Modern American History
Jake Robinson Western Carolina III Sr. Canton, N.C. 3.40 Finance
Academic All-America of the Year: Cole Aldrich, Kansas
2009-10 ESPN THE MAGAZINE Academic All-America®
Men’s Basketball Team (College Division) as selected by CoSIDA
FIRST TEAMName School Dist. Yr. Hometown GPA Major
Brock Bradford Husson I Sr. Kenduskeag, Maine 3.97 Accounting
Chris Handke Cornell (Iowa) VII Sr. Bellevue, Iowa 3.91 Biochemistry & Molecular Bio.
Aaron Hill (3) Rockhurst VII Gr. Canton, Mo. 3.84 Business Administration (MA)
Daniel McKeehan Thomas More IV Sr. Maineville, Ohio 4.00 Econ. & Business Finance
Austin Meier Milwaukee Engineering V Jr. Oshkosh, Wis. 3.95 Architect. Eng.& Construction Mgt.
SECOND TEAMName School Dist. Yr. Hometown GPA Major
Zach Ashworth Scranton II Jr. Doylestown, Pa. 3.87 Finance
John Hoch Carroll V Sr. Colgate, Wis. 3.85 Physical Education
Andy O'Keefe Grove City II Sr. Perry, Ohio 3.78 Mathematics & Secondary Ed.
Cameron Smith (3) Washington (Mo.) VII Sr. Noblesville, Ind. 4.00 Energy, Envir. & Chem. Eng.
Aaron Trigg Gordon (Mass.) I Sr. Overland Park, Kan. 3.80 Business Admin. & Finance
THIRD TEAMName School Dist. Yr. Hometown GPA Major
Andrew Dau Simpson (Iowa) VII Sr. Primghar, Iowa 3.97 Computer Science & Math.
Steve Djurickovic Carthage V Jr. Pleasant Prairie, Wis. 3.49 Exercise and Sport Science
Eric Duerr Case Western Reserve IV Jr. Gibsonia, Pa. 3.96 Biology (Pre-Med)
Matt Pelton Augustana (Ill.) V Sr. Bloomington, Ill. 3.92 Accounting, Finance & Int. Bus.
Scott Rodgers Texas-Dallas VI Gr. The Woodlands, Tex. 3.81 Business Administration (MA)
Academic All-America of the Year: Daniel McKeehan, Thomas More
(2) ESPN the Magazine Academic All-America® 2nd team in 2009
(3) ESPN the Magazine Academic All-America® 3rd team in 2009