Texas Longhorns- Team Honourees

Six basketball players at the University of Texas have been cleared to participate in the Academic All Big 12 this year; this was made public by the basketball league office. This is the largest number that any school has ever produced.

In the first team Damion James, guard A.J Abrams, Doug Balby (sophomores) and Connor Atchley were named, this selection has made Atchley to be selected four times in his career in the Academic All Big 12 team. Atchley was chosen in the alternate team in the 2006 and 2007 seasons, in the 2008 season he was chosen to represent the first team. Meanwhile the junior team had Dexter Pittman and Justin Mason selected to represent the University. Mason, James and Pittman also have been selected for the second time in their career to play in the Academic squad.


The nominations are made by all institution’s media relations office and also the student’s athlete’s support service director. The academic all-league basketball team consists of 11 alternate (second team) players and the first team has 17 members. To be qualified for the first team, the player must have maintained a GPA of 3.20 for two semesters or better, also they must have participated in 60% or more in the teams’ contests, however senior students that meet the above criteria except the percentage participation are eligible to play in the Academic all league. The second team picks players with a GPA of between 3.00 and 3.19. Transferred or new students are not allowed to play for their first year at the school.


One of the first team selections, A.J Abrams is among ten finalists of the Lowe Award (senior class) and also among the second team choice at the NABC All district 8, Abrams is the leading scorer in the team and also is placed seventh at the Big 12 with an average score of 16.7 points per game, further he is the leading 3 point scorer with 89 shots scored, additionally he has played much time than any other player with 1,133 minutes.


Another second team selection, James is ranked fourth in the Big 12 with an average of 9.4 rebounds per game, he leads also in the double doubles with 14 points, he is further ranked ninth in the league with an average of 15.9 points.


Justin Mason is leading the team with an average of 37 steals from the opposing team. He is also ranked fourth in the league with an average of 4.0 rebounds per game.


Another honoree at the University of Texas Sports Hall of Fame was the late coach Abe Lemons, his honoring was done at the Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony. In his acceptance speech Texas University basketball Coach Bill Little praised the late coach saying that he was a very funny man that always encouraged his players to perform well in all the games. Additionally Little said that the former coach deserves to be in the Sports Hall of Fame because of all he did for the varsity team.


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