Stepp, Bankhead and Mathews named WCC All-Academic
Feb. 26, 2004
SAN BRUNO, Calif. - Gonzaga University men's basketball guards Blake Stepp and Kyle Bankhead and women's basketball guard Shannon Mathews have been named to the West Coast Conference All-Academic team as announced by WCC Commissioner Mike Gilleran.
This is the second time that the Bulldogs trio were selected to the all-academic squad, with all three receiving honors in 2003.
Stepp, a senior from Eugene, Ore., who was selected to the College Sports Information Director of America All-District VIII team last week, has a 3.24 GPA in business administration. Bankhead, a senior from Walla Walla, Wash., carries a 3.31 in sports management. Mathews, a junior from Riverside, Calif., has a 3.32 GPA in sports management.
To be considered, a student-athlete must earn at least a 3.20 cumulative grade point average, be a starter or important reserve with legitimate athletic credentials, and have sophomore athletic and academic standing.
Portland's Andreas Gahlmann led the men's team with a 3.89 GPA in Bio-chemistry. The Pilots have the most representatives on this year's squad, as Gahlmann is joined by teammates Karl Aaker and Dustin Geddis on the all-academic team.
The women's team was highlighted by San Francisco's Carey Sauer, Loyola Marymount's Kate Murray and Portland's Khalila O'Rielly-Williams, all named to the all-academic team for the third time. O'Rielly-Williams was also named to the Verizon Academic All-District Team.
2004 MEN'S BASKETBALL ALL-ACADEMIC TEAM Name School Class Pos GPA Major Karl Aaker Portland Junior F 3.01 Business Kyle Bankhead Gonzaga Graduate G 3.31 Sports Management Jason Dickens LMU Senior F 3.25 Business Admin. Andreas Gahlmann Portland Junior C 3.89 Bio-chemistry Dustin Geddis Portland Senior F 3.33 Management Jim Howell Santa Clara Senior C 3.07 Business Finance Keith Jarbo Pepperdine Sophomore G 3.71 Sports Medicine Ethan Rodhe Santa Clara Junior G 3.21 Finance Blake Stepp Gonzaga Senior G 3.24 Business Admin.
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