Mallon Named To Scholar-Athlete Team

April 1, 2005

CLEVELAND, Ohio - Gonzaga University sophomore forward Sean Mallon is among the 10 men's basketball players named to the 3rd annual Division I-AAA Athletics Directors Association Scholar-Athlete Team selected by the Division I-AAA Athletics Directors Association (DI-AAA ADA).

"We are very proud of these outstanding student-athletes," said Pat Meiser-McKnett, chair of the Division I-AAA ADA Scholar-Athlete Team Selection Committee and athletics director at the University of Hartford. "They represent the best of Division I-AAA."

Basketball players from all Division I-AAA ADA member institutions are eligible for these prestigious awards. Each of the nominees was required to have a minimum grade point average of 3.20 (on a 4.00 scale) in undergraduate study and have been a starter or important reserve with legitimate athletics credentials. Each player must have reached sophomore athletics and academic standing at the nominated institution, have completed a minimum of one full academic year at the nominated institution and have participated in 50 percent of the games played.

Mallon carries a 3.28 GPA in political science. The graduate of Spokane's Ferris High played in all 31 games with 14 starts. He averaged 7.6 ppg and 4.2 rpg for the 26-5 Bulldogs who advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the seventh straight season. Gonzaga won its opening-round game against Winthrop University prior to losing to Texas Tech University in the second round.

The Division I-AAA Scholar-Athlete of the Year was awarded to Drake Diener, a senior DePaul University, with a 3.42 GPA in secondary education.

A special Review Committee of Division I-AAA athletics directors comprised of committee chair Pat Meiser-McKnett, Hartford; Jerry Baker, Charleston; Pete Carlon, Texas Arlington; Gary Cunningham, UC Santa Barbara; Don DiJulia, St. Joseph's; Bill Husak , Loyola Marymount; Ken Kavanagh, Bradley; Jean Lenti-Ponsetto, DePaul; and John Planek, Loyola (Ill.).

Now in its fourth year, the Division I-AAA Athletics Directors Association's mission is to enhance initiatives common to its Division I-AAA membership (the 90 Division I institutions that do not sponsor football), in particular, aspects related to their flagship basketball programs. The Association is administered by NACDA, which, now in its 40th year, is the professional and educational association for more than 6,150 athletics directors, associates, assistants and conference administrators at more than 1,600 institutions throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico.

2005 Division I-AAA Men's Basketball Scholar-Athlete Team

Name/Institution                      Year  GPA   Major
Drake Diener, DePaul                   SR   3.42  Secondary Education
Andreas Gahlmann, Portland             SR   3.80  Biochemistry
Rob Kampman, Wichita State             SR   3.41  Sports Administration
Alexander Loughton, Old Dominion       JR   3.42  Business Marketing
Sean Mallon, Gonzaga                   SO   3.28  Political Science
Christian Maraker, Pacific             JR   3.46  Sport Sciences
Shema Mbyirukira, Birmingham Southern  SR   3.55  Computer Science/Accounting
Matt Rohde, Wisconsin-Green Bay        SR   3.41  Mathematics
Luke Spencer-Gardner, Oral Roberts     SR   3.76  Biology/Health Exercise Science
Chet Stachitas, St. Joseph's           JR   3.20  Finance



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