Basketball Academic All-Big 12 Teams
Feb. 25, 1998
DALLAS - Top performers on the field also are among the elite in the classroom as the league office announced its 73-member women's and men's basketball Academic All-Big 12 teams today.
On the women's side, Lady Raiders Rene Hanebutt and Elisha Walker were members of the first-team, while Alicia Thompson was honorable mention. For the Red Raider men, Ross Carmichael and Andrew Patterson were first-team selections and Brock Barnes was an honorable mention honoree.
A total 48 women's student-athletes are honored, including 27 who have started at least 10 games this season. Of the 25 men represented, there are 15 who are considered starters.
Nominated by the directors of student-athlete support services and the athletic media relations directors, members of the all-academic teams have posted at least a 3.0 grade point average either cumulative or the previous two academic semesters and are regulars, i.e. letterwinners, on their respective teams. First-team honorees are regulars who have at least a 3.2 grade point average while those student-athletes with grade point averages of between 3.0 and 3.19 are listed as honorable mention.
Special recognition goes to Jennifer Jackson of Kansas and Desiree Taylor of Oklahoma, who were both nominated with perfect 4.0 grade point averages. Jackson is starter for the Jayhawks and is third on the team with an 8.7 scoring average while Taylor is averaging 13 minutes per outing for the Sooners with a 3.0 scoring mean.
On the women's side, Nebraska has five players who are starting or have started for at least 10 games this season. Senior Anna DeForge currently ranks fifth in the Big 12 in scoring (18.5) and heads the Huskers' list as an honorable mention selection. Starting teammates Jami Kubik, Cori McDill, Charlie Rogers are first-team choices and Emily Thompson join DeForge on the academic squad.
Three of Iowa State's women's starters are on the team, including the senior tandem of Janel Grimm and Jayme Olson. Cyclone sophomore Stacey Frese leads the Big 12 in assists, 5.9 per game and is seventh in scoring with a 15.3 average. Kansas State also placed three starters on the women's team - Jenny Coalson, Brit Jacobson, and Kimberly Woodlee. Additionally, Oklahoma placed three starters - seniors Shonika Breedlove and Roxanne Long, and junior Michele Workman, whose sister Kelly is also honored on the OU squad. Colorado's two honorees are both senior starters - La Shena Graham and Alexis Felts.
Missouri sophomore Julie Helm is the top scorer on the women's academic squad at 20.0 per outing, good for is third in the league. Tiger teammate Ekpedeme Akpaffiong is the other Missouri starter honored.
Joining Jackson is Kansas starter Jaclyn Johnson. Other starters on the women's team include Oklahoma State's Jennifer Crow and Cheri Edwards, Texas' Kim Lummus, and Texas A&M's Prissy Sharpe and Kim Linder.
On the men's side, Big 12 champion Kansas and Texas A&M led all schools with four honorees each on the academic all-league team. Every one of the Aggies honored are regular starters led sophomore Brian Barone, son of head coach Tony Barone, an Academic All-America baskerball player at Duke. Other Aggie starters on the academic squad include Aaron Jack, Steve Houston, and Larry Thompson. Jayhawk starters honored include T.J. Pugh, and Ryan Robertson.
Two of Iowa State's and Kansas State's top three season scorers are honored. For the Cyclones junior Klay Edwards (10.0 ppg) and sophomore Paul Shirley (8.4 ppg) have made the academic squad as is junior Shawn Rhodes (11.1 ppg) and senior Aaron Schwartzendurber (9.1 ppg) for the Wildcats. Also on the list is Nebraska junior starter Andy Markowski.
Oklahoma starters Renzi Stone and Ryan Humphrey are also academic honorees as is Texas Tech sophomore starter Ross Carmichael. Colorado placed three freshmen on the squad with Jamahl Mosely, Ernest Renfroe and Aki Thomas.
1998 Women's Basketball Academic All-Big 12 Team(*indicates nominated with a 4.0 grade point average)
First Team Name Class Major Hometown La Shena Graham, Colorado Sr. Accounting Independence, Mo. Stacy Frese, Iowa State So. Finance/German Cedar Rapids, Iowa Janel Grimm, Iowa State Sr. Elementary Education North English, Iowa Jayme Olson, Iowa State Sr. Psychology Bettendorf, Iowa *Jennifer Jackson, Kansas Fr. History/Political Science Tuscaloosa, Ala. Jaclyn Johnson, Kansas Fr. Journalism Burbank, Calif. Casey Pruitt, Kansas Fr. Sports Management Jonesboro, Ark. Nikki White, Kansas Fr. Pre-Medicine Memphis, Tenn. Jenny Coalson, Kansas State Jr. Secondary Education/Math Calhan, Colo. Morgen Finneran, Kansas State Fr. Arts & Sciences/Undecided Grangury, Texas Brit Jacobson, Kansas State Sr. Elementary Education Chugiak, Alaska Kimberly Woodlee, Kansas State Fr. Pre-Health Prof. Program Beersheba Springs, Tenn. Ekpedeme Akpaffiong, Missouri So. Biology Houston, Texas Amy Monsees, Missouri So. Psychology Kansas City, Mo. Kate Benson, Nebraska Jr. Political Science Prairie Village, Kan. Amy Gusso, Nebraska Sr. Biological Sciences Spearfish, S.D. Jami Jurgens, Nebraska Sr. Advertising Bellevue, Neb. Jami Kubik, Nebraska Sr. Accounting Cambirdge, Neb. Cori McDill, Nebraska Jr. Education Gillette, Wyo. Charlie Rogers, Nebraska So. Education South Sioux City, Neb. Amanda Went, Nebraska Fr. Undecided Columbus, Neb. Shonika Breedlove, Oklahoma Sr. Communication Muskogee, Okla. Sunny Hardeman, Oklahoma Fr. University Studies Norman, Okla. Roxanne Long, Oklahoma Sr. Social Studies Corvallis, Ore. *Desiree Taylor, Oklahoma Fr. University Studies Richardson, Texas Michele Workman, Oklahoma Jr. Management Chichasha, Okla. Kourtney Bower, Oklahoma State Jr. Education Midwest City, Okla. Jennifer Crow, Oklahoma State So. Education Corn, Okla. Cheri Edwards, Oklahoma State Sr. Education Tecumseh, Okla. Meg Brown, Texas Fr. Education Arlington, Texas Kim Lummus, Texas Jr. Corporate Communications Cleburne, Texas Kera Alexander, Texas A&M So. Computer Science Whitesboro, Texas Prissy Sharpe, Texas A&M So. Teacher Education Longview, Texas Rene Hanebutt, Texas Tech Jr. Political Science Bowie, Texas Elesha Walker, Texas Tech Sr. Biology Weatherford, Texas Honorable Mention Alexis Felts, Colorado Sr. Communication San Carlos, Calif. Heather Fletcher, Kansas So. Elementary Education Wichita, Kan. Julie Helm, Missouri So. Business Washington, Ind. Anna DeForge, Nebraska Sr. Business Administration Niagara, Wis. Emily Thompson, Nebraska Sr. Communication Studies Springfield, Mo. Kelly Workman, Oklahoma Jr. Management Chickasha, Okla. Sarah Boyd, Oklahoma State Sr. Education Pryor, Okla. Nikki Harmon, Oklahoma State Jr. Journalism Alva, Okla. Taryn Brown, Texas Jr. Government Memphis, Tenn. Virginia Viverette, Texas So. English Mount Belvieu, Texas Jennifer Burrows, Texas A&M So. Business Temple, Texas Kim Linder, Texas A&M Sr. Finance Amarillo, Texas Alicia Thompson, Texas Tech Sr. Public Relations Big Lake, Texas
1998 Men's Basketball Academic All-Big 12 Team
First Team Name, School Class Major Hometown John Perkins, Baylor Sr. Physics Plano, Texas Jamahl Mosley, Colorado Fr. Open Option Vista, Calif. Paul Shirley, Iowa State So. Mechanical Engineering Meriden, Kan. C.B. McGrath, Kansas Sr. Human Biology Topeka, Kan. T.J. Pugh, Kansas Jr. Psychology Omaha, Neb. Ryan Robertson, Kansas Jr. Business Administration St. Charles, Mo. Josh Reid, Kansas State So. Business Administration Brewster, Kan. Shawn Rhodes, Kansas State Jr. Business Administration Wichita, Kan. Aaron Swartzendruber, Kansas State Sr. Accounting Kalona, Iowa Andy Markowski, Nebraska Jr. Education Ord, Neb. Ryan Humphrey, Oklahoma Fr. Undecided Tulsa, Okla. Renzi Stone, Oklahoma So. Undecided Tulsa, Okla. Brandy Perryman, Texas Sr. Kinesiology/Phys. Ther. Garden City, Kan. Brian Barone, Texas A&M So. General Studies College Station, Texas Aaron Jack, Texas A&M Fr. Kinesiology Tulsa, Okla. Ross Carmichael, Texas Tech So. Arts & Sciences Dallas, Texas Andrew Patterson, Texas Tech So. Elec. Eng./Comp. Sci. Artesia, N.M. Honorable Mention Ernest Renfroe, Colorado Fr. Open Option Memphis, Tenn. Aki Thomas, Colorado Fr. Open Option New York, N.Y. Klay Edwards, Iowa State Jr. Management Inf. Systems Morning Sun, Iowa Chris Martin, Kansas Jr. Communication Studies Overland Park, Kan. Steve Houston, Texas A&M So. General Studies The Colony, Texas Larry Thompson, Texas A&M Sr. Agricultural Dev. Houston, Texas Chris Mihm, Texas Fr. Undeclared Austin, Texas Brock Barnes, Texas Tech Sr. Business/Financial Pl. Perryton, Texas
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