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.
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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