School-Record Five Red Raiders Earn Academic Honors|
Jordan Tolbert was one of a record five Red Raiders selected to the Academic All-Big 12 team.
February 14, 2013
LUBBOCK, Texas – Texas Tech landed five of the 22 players on the Big 12 Conference’s 2013 Academic All-Big 12 Men’s Basketball Team, the league office announced on Thursday.
The Red Raiders led the conference and eclipsed their most selections to the squad which came during the 1997-98 season, when Texas Tech landed two players on the first team and one on the second team.
This season, Texas Tech landed a league best four players on the first team and one player on the second team. Red Raiders selected to the first team were junior Dejan Kravic and Kader Tapsoba and sophomores Jordan Tolbert and Toddrick Gotcher. Senior Ty Nurse was selected to the second team.
This is the first selection for all five honorees. Overall, Texas Tech has had 29 players selected to the Academic All-Big 12 first and second teams since the league began in 1997.
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.