OMAHA, Neb. -- Creighton men's basketball player Kaleb Korver has been named to the 2011 Division I-AAA Athletic Directors Association Scholar-Athlete Team.
Creighton's eight overall honorees in the nine-year history of the awards are a record, one more than Wisconsni-Green Bay. Two past Creighton players, Michael Lindeman (in 2003) and Anthony Tolliver (in 2006 and 2007) were named Division I-AAA Athletic Directors Association Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year honors.
Basketball players from all Division I-AAA ADA member institutions are eligible for these prestigious awards. Each of the nominees was required to have a minimum grade point average of 3.20 (on a 4.00 scale) in undergraduate study and have been a starter or important reserve with legitimate athletics credentials. He must have reached junior athletics and academic standing at the nominated institution and have completed a minimum of one full academic year at the nominated institution. He must also have participated in 50 percent of the games played. From the Scholar-Athlete teams, one male and female student-athlete were selected as the Division I-AAA Scholar-Athlete of the Year. This year's honorees were Mick Hedgepeth (Belmont) and Kayla Tetschlag (Wisconsin-Green Bay).
The Division I-AAA Athletics Directors Association's mission is to enhance initiatives common to its Division I-AAA membership (those Division I institutions that do not sponsor football), in particular, aspects related to their flagship basketball programs. The Association is administered by NACDA, now in its 46th year, is the professional and educational association for more than 6,100 college athletics administrators at more than 1,600 institutions throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico. More than 2,000 athletics administrators annually attend the NACDA Convention. Additionally, NACDA administers nine professional associations for the separate business units that report directly to the athletics director.
A special Review Committee of Division I-AAA athletics directors were responsible for selecting the winners. Completing this task were Committee Chair Tim Hall, UMKC; Pete Carlon, Texas Arlington; Don DiJulia, St. Joseph's; Gene Doris, Fairfield; Bill Husak, Loyola Marymount; Jean Lenti Ponsetto, DePaul; and Dave Mullins, East Tennessee State.
"The Division I-AAA ADA wants to extend its congratulations to the student-athletes for their outstanding academic and athletics achievements," stated Tim Hall, chair of the Division I-AAA ADA Scholar-Athlete Team Selection Committee and athletics director at the University of Missouri Kansas City. "These award winners epitomize what it means to be a student-athlete and we share the joy of acknowledging their momentous accomplishments."
Korver, who just finished his senior season on the hardwood, owns a 3.404 GPA in Business Management. He started all 39 games for the Bluejays this past season, averaging 4.3 points and 3.1 rebounds per contest, and tied for the team lead with 47 three-point baskets. Korver was also second on the club with 91 assists. He played in 135 games in his career, scoring 419 points, grabbing 279 rebounds and making 116 three-pointers. He is Creighton's first male honoree to the I-AAA team since fellow Pella, Iowa native Pierce Hibma was honored in 2007-08. Creighton's Sam Schuett was honored on the women's side last season.
Creighton finished the 2010-11 campaign with a 23-16 record and Valley record 14th straight postseason bid.
|Men's Scholar-Athlete Team|
|Benjamin Botts||IPFW||3.61||Business Management|
|Dorian Dunson||Bradley||3.67||Social Work|
|Evan Fjeld||Vermont||3.23||Business Administration|
|Graham Hatch||Wichita State||3.67||Chemistry|
|Tony Meier||Wisconsin Milwaukee||3.64||Business|
|Kaleb Korver||Creighton||3.40||Business Management|
|Greg Logins||Canisius||3.48||Sport Administration|
|Steve Weingarten||LaSalle||3.86||History & American Studies|
|Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Mick Hedgepeth
Postgraduate Scholarship Recipient: Steve Weingarten