Pair Honored By Big 12

By Big 12 Conference for
February 14, 2013 01:27 PM

IRVING, Texas — The Big 12 Conference has named 22 student-athletes to the 2013 Academic All-Big 12 Men’s Basketball Team, the league office announced.

Christien Sager (Oklahoma State) was nominated with a 4.00 grade point average while Melvin Ejim (Iowa State) became a two-time Academic All-Big 12 First Team member. Brady Heslip (Baylor) and Tyler Neal (Oklahoma), first team members this year, were also honored last season as second team selections.

Texas Tech led all teams with five honorees, including four first team spots.

A total of 15 student-athletes garnered first team recognition, while seven individuals were named second team members.

First team members consist of those who have maintained a 3.20 or better GPA while 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 student-athletes who have participated for a minimum of two years and meet all the criteria except percent of participation are also eligible.

Brady Heslip, Baylor Jr. General Studies, Burlington, Ontario
Jacob Neubert, Baylor Sr. Accounting, Waco, Texas
Melvin Ejim, Iowa State Jr. History, Toronto, Ontario
Percy Gibson, Iowa State So. Liberal Studies, Detroit, Mich.
Rodney McGruder, Kansas State Sr. Family Studies and Health Services, Landover, Md.
Amath M’Baye, Oklahoma Jr. International Studies, Bordeaux, France
Tyler Neal, Oklahoma Jr. Sociology, Oklahoma City, Okla.
Mason Cox, Oklahoma State Sr. Mechanical Engineering, Highland Village, Texas
Christien Sager, Oklahoma State* So. Electrical Engineering, Wichita Falls, Texas
Andrew Dick, Texas Sr. Finance, Sherman, Texas
Toddrick Gotcher, Texas Tech So. Exercise and Sport Sciences, Garland, Texas
Dejan Kravic, Texas Tech Jr. Human Sciences, London, Ontario, Canada
Kader Tapsoba, Texas Tech Jr. Computer Science/Math/Sociology, Ouagadougou,Burkina Faso, Africa
Jordan Tolbert, Texas Tech So. Electronic Media and Communications, Fort Worth, Texas
Kevin Noreen, West Virginia So. Sport Management, Minneapolis, Minn.

SECOND TEAM (3.00 TO 3.19 GPA)
William Spradling, Kansas State Jr. Management, Overland Park, Kan.
Michael Cobbins, Oklahoma State So. University Studies, Amarillo, Texas
Thomas Montigel, TCU Jr. Finance, Fort Worth, Texas
Chris Zurcher, TCU So. Business, San Antonio, Texas
Jaylen Bond, Texas So. Education, Philadelphia, Pa.
Dean Melchionni, Texas Sr. Corporate Communication, Lancaster, Pa.
Ty Nurse, Texas Tech Sr. Economics, Vancouver, B.C., Canada
Juwan Staten, West Virginia, So. Public Relations, Dayton, Ohio
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