Honors Pouring in For WVU Teams

Six West Virginia University men’s basketball players have been named to the 2017 Academic All-Big 12 Men’s Basketball Team.

Nate Adrian, Jevon Carter and James Long were named to the Academic All-Big 12 Men’s Basketball First Team. James Bolden, Daxter Miles and Lamont West were named to the Academic All-Big 12 Men’s Basketball Second Team.

Carter earned Academic All-Big 12 first-team honors for the second year in a row, while Adrian earned Academic All-Big 12 honors for the third time in his career and the second time he has been named to the Academic All-Big 12 first team. Miles earned Academic All-Big 12 honors for the second time in his career.

West Virginia paced all Big 12 teams with six representatives. First-team members consist of those who have maintained a 3.20 or better GPA while the second team selections hold a 3.00 to 3.19 GPA.

To qualify, student-athletes must maintain a 3.00 GPA or higher either cumulative or the two previous semesters and must have participated in 60 percent of their team’s scheduled contests. Freshmen and transfers are not eligible in their first year of academic residence. Senior studentathletes who have participated for a minimum of two years and meet all the criteria except percent of participation are also eligible.

Carter also was named to the 2016-17 Academic All-District II men’s basketball first team as selected by CoSIDA (College Sports Information Directors of America), as well as a member of the U.S. Basketball Writers Association All-District II team.

A sport management major with a 3.4 GPA, Carter has started 33 of 34 games for the Mountaineers this season. He is averaging 13.1points, 3.9 assists and 4.9 rebounds per game. Carter also led the Big 12 Conference in steals this season with 89.

Along with Carter, other Academic All-District II team members were Joe Sherburne of UMBC, Cameron Johnson of Pitt, Steven Cook of Princeton and Austin Loop of Marshall.

Carter, a native of Maywood, Ill., is now a candidate for Academic All-America honors.

As for the USBWA, which honors players in 10 districts nationally, Carter was part of a group that encompassed players from schools in New York, New Jersey, Delaware and Pennsylvania. Villanova had three honorees on the 10-member All-District II team (Jalen Brunson, Josh Hart and Kris Jenkins), while Pitt (Michael Young) and Syracuse (Tyler Lydon) had one each.

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In addition to the honorees from West Virginia’s men’s basketball team, five student-athletes on WVU’s women’s basketball squad were named to the 2017 Academic All-Big 12 team.

Lanay Montgomery and Katrina Pardee garnered Academic All-Big 12 first-team honors, while Alexis Brewer, Chania Ray and Desiree Rhodes were tabbed to the Academic All-Big 12 second team. It is the first Academic All-Big 12 recognition for the five student-athletes.

Montgomery, a native of Pittsburgh, graduated with a bachelor’s degree in psychology last May
and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in communications studies. Pardee, an exercise physiology major, garnered Academic All-Big 12 Rookie honors a year ago and was tabbed to WVU’s Garrett Ford Academic Honor Roll. Brewer, who is currently enrolled in general studies, also grabbed Academic AllBig 12 Rookie accolades in 2016 and was selected to the Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll and Garrett Ford Academic Honor Roll.

Ray, a criminology major, is also a Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll and Garrett Ford Academic Honor Roll recipient. Additionally, Rhodes, a senior sociology and anthropology major, also earned Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll accolades.

Fifty-one student-athletes were named to the 2017 Academic All-Big 12 Women’s Basketball Team. Thirty-five selections make up the first team with 16 honorees are on the second team. First-team members consist of those who have maintained a 3.20 or better GPA while the second team selections hold a 3.00 to 3.19 GPA.

To qualify, studentathletes must maintain a 3.00 GPA or higher either cumulative or the two previous semesters and must have participated in 60 percent of their team’s scheduled contests. Freshmen and transfers are not eligible in their first year of academic residence. Senior student-athletes who have participated for a minimum of two years and meet all the criteria except percent of participation are also eligible.

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Six other WVU student-athletes were awarded the 2017 Dr. Gerald Lage Academic Achievement Award by the Big 12 Conference, the league’s highest academic honor. Amy Cashin (track & field/cross country), Christian Diaz (men’s soccer), Jack Elliott (men’s soccer), Nathan Howells (swimming & diving), James Koval (swimming & diving) and Louisa Morgan (rowing) were among the 58 Big 12 student-athletes honored. The award, in its seventh year, has honored a total of 482 conference student-athletes. The award is in memory of Lage, who served as the Oklahoma State faculty athletics representative with the NCAA and the Big Eight/ Big 12 Conference from 1983 until his death in 2007. He was the chairman on three occasions (1985-86, 93-94 and 2003-04).

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Former WVU wrestling coach Craig Turnbull was one of eight inductees to the Eastern Wrestling League (EWL) Hall of Fame in a ceremony held on March 4 as part of the 2017 EWL Championships at Bloomsburg University. Turnbull led the Mountaineers from 19792014, collecting 287 dual match wins while producing five National Champions and 26 AllAmericans. He was named the EWL Coach of the Year on four occasions, guiding WVU to six league titles. “We are extremely grateful for Coach Turnbull’s commitment to West Virginia University and his devotion to wrestling,” third-year WVU coach Sammie Henson said. “His career set the standard of excellence for wrestling in West Virginia. We thank him for laying the foundation.”