Written by Chris Pendleton
UNIONTOWN, Pa.—The United States Collegiate Athletic Association today announced its All-American and national academic selections for the 2011-12 men's division I basketball season honoring seven members of the Southern Virginia University men's basketball team.
Junior swingman Casey Nye (Kaysville, Utah) headlined the Southern Virginia selections earning All-American honors after leading the Knights in scoring with 14.9 points per game this season.
"It was great to see Casey recognized tonight because he always embraces whatever role we give him," said Tony Caputo. "He earned honorable mention honors last season as our sixth man and has even come off the bench some this season, but he always does whatever we ask to help our team win."
A. Jacobson, averaged 11.3 points per game for the Knights this season while leading Southern Virginia in made free throws (4.7) and free throw attempts (6.0) per game. I Jacobson scored 10.0 points per game as Southern Virginia's top playmaker handing out 3.2 assists a night, while maintaining a 1.3 assist-to-turnover ratio from the point guard position.
In addition to Southern Virginia's three All-American selections, the Knights also set a program record with five players—Payton Brooks (Beaverton, Ore.), Spenser Briggs (Goldsboro, N.C.), Ed Greenhalgh (Roy, Utah), A. Jacobson and Travis Van Noy (Reno, Nev.)—earning national academic honors.
"I was most proud of our five scholar-athletes who earned all-academic honors," said Caputo. "We had more national academic selections than any other team in the USCAA, which says a lot about the character of our players and the quality of our program."
After receiving a No. 2 seed at the USCAA National Tournament last week, men's basketball will begin its 2011 title defense tomorrow, Mar. 7 against Oakwood University at 3:15 p.m.