Stepp Named To Academic All-America Team
March 6, 2003
STAMFORD, Conn. - Gonzaga University junior guard Blake Stepp has been named to the 2003 Verizon Academic All-America third team.
The Eugene, Ore., native carries a 3.21 grade point average in business administration. Stepp becomes the second straight Bulldog to earn All-Academic All-America recognition, Dan Dickau named to the first team a year ago. Earlier this week Stepp was named the West Coast Conference Player of the Year for the 22-7 Bulldogs, who wrapped up the regular-season title last weekend and now await the WCC Tournament this weekend in San Diego, Calif.
University of Florida power forward Matt Bonner was named the 2002-2003 Verizon Academic All-America Team Member of the Year for men's basketball.
A two-time Verizon Academic All-America, Bonner leads his team in points scored and surpassed 1,400 points this year. He is just the third Gator in school history to be named as an Academic All-America and the only Gator student-athlete to be named twice as Academic All-America Team Member of the Year. At 6-10", Bonner leads the third-ranked Gators in points and field goals and is ranked 11th on the university's career three pointer chart.
University of Connecticut's Emeka Okafor was also named to the first team. As a sophomore, Okafor was the only underclassman named to the Verizon Academic All-America men's basketball first team. He leads the Huskies in rebounds and set a school record for blocked shots.
The Verizon Academic All-America Teams program recognizes student-athletes who have succeeded on the field and in the classroom. Individuals are selected by votes from CoSIDA, the 1,800-member College Sports Information Directors of America. To be eligible, an athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve and maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.20 on a scale of 4.00. Since the program's inception in 1952, over 12,000 student-athletes have been honored with the award.
Under an agreement with the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), Verizon has been the exclusive sponsor of the Academic All-America program since 1985. Verizon, America's literacy champion, strongly believes that literacy is a key ingredient to success and outstanding achievements in life. The Academic All-America program is part of Verizon Reads, the company's national campaign to promote literacy through corporate philanthropy, partner collaboration, community outreach, and customer and employee participation.
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