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UK’s Poythress, Louisville’s Onuaku named to Academic All-American district teams


Kentucky senior men’s basketball player Alex Poythress has been named to the College Sports Information Directors of America Academic All-District Team and is eligible to earn Academic All-America honors.

The CoSIDA Academic All-District teams recognize the nation’s top student-athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom. First Team Academic All-District honorees advance to the CoSIDA Academic All-America ballot where First, Second, and Third-team All-America honorees will be selected later this month.

 Poythress is seeking to become the first Kentucky men’s basketball player since Mark Pope in 1995 to earn Academic All-America honors (UK Photo)


Poythress is seeking to become the first Kentucky men’s basketball player since Mark Pope in 1995 to earn Academic All-America honors (UK Photo)

Poythress is seeking to become the first Kentucky men’s basketball player since Mark Pope in 1995 to earn Academic All-America honors. Pope was a third-team selection that season. Kentucky has garnered 12 all-time honors by 10 different players since 1966. Former greats Louie Dampier and Bob Guyette are two-time Academic All-Americans.

Poythress’ honor is the first of his career. The Clarksville, Tenn., native graduated in just three years with a degree in business marketing. He earned a 3.517 undergraduate grade-point average and is now pursuing a master’s of science in kinesiology and health promotion with an emphasis on sport leadership. He finished his first semester of grad school with a 4.0 GPA.

He has appeared on the SEC Academic Honor Roll during every year of college. He is also a two-time Arthur Ashe, Jr., Sports Scholar and has been named to the Athletic Director’s honor roll three times, which honors the student-athlete with the highest GPA of his team.

In addition to the CoSIDA honor, Poythress was tabbed as one of 30 candidates for the Senior CLASS Award honoring students who excel on the court, in the classroom and in the community.

Poythress is averaging 10.0 points and a team-high 6.6 rebounds per game for the 18-6 Wildcats during his final season at Kentucky. He recently became just the 15th player in program history to amass more than 800 points, 500 rebounds and 70 blocks in his career.

He has appeared in more than 100 career games and made 54 starts. Poythress’ career averages included 8.4 points and 5.4 rebounds per game.

Kentucky returns to action Saturday, traveling to SEC co-leader South Carolina for a noon contest on ESPN.

Louisville’s Chinanu Onuaku earns Academic All-District honors

University of Louisville forward/center Chinanu Onuaku has been named to the 2016 College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-District 2 Men’s Basketball first team.

A sophomore communication major from Lanham, Md., Onuaku has a 3.42 cumulative grade point average at UofL. He is among four ACC players to achieve the honor, which was also bestowed upon Duke’s Grayson Allen, Pittsburgh’s Rafael Maia, and North Carolina’s Marcus Paige. Onuaku is one of only seven sophomores nationally to achieve the honor.

Onuaku (9.8 ppg, 8.5 rpg) has continued to improve this season. In league games only, Onuaku is sixth in the ACC in rebounding (9.5 rpg) and second in blocked shots (2.0 bpg) while shooting 61.5 percent from the field.

Onuaku and the 13th-ranked Cardinals (19-5, 8-3 ACC) have had a successful year both on the court and academically. In the 2015 fall semester, 13 of 15 men’s basketball student-athletes achieved a 3.0 or better grade point average. The Cardinals posted a collective 3.36 GPA for the 2015 fall semester, just short of the team record of 3.47 achieved in 2013.

Last season, Louisville senior forward Wayne Blackshear earned Academic All-America second team honors.

From UK, U of L Athletics


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