The Stetson University men’s basketball team turned in an outstanding performance in the classroom during the spring semester, placing six players on the University honor roll, including four who earned Dean’s List honors.
The Hatters posted an overall team GPA of 3.027 for the spring semester, up from a 3.017 for the fall.
In addition, four members of the Hatters’ hoops squad were singled out by the Atlantic Sun Conference for academic excellence during the 2011-12 school year.
“We're extremely proud of the effort and results in the classroom,” Stetson coach Casey Alexander said. “Stetson has an incredible academic reputation and our basketball program needs to reflect that.”
The four players recognized by the A-Sun were sophomore guard Hunter Miller, junior guard J.R. Weston, junior center Adam Pegg and junior forward Liam McInerney.
Weston was one of 41 student-athletes from across the Atlantic Sun, in all sports, to be named to the Presidential Scholar list, indicating a grade point average of 3.8 or better. He was one of just eight to hold a perfect 4.0 GPA.
Overall, Stetson placed seven student-athletes on the Presidential Scholar list.
McInerney joined Weston on the Conference Scholar list. That list included a total of 406 student-athletes from around the league, including 55 from Stetson. Those students were recognized for their sustained achievement over at least two years to go with a 3.4 or better GPA.
Pegg and Miller were both named to the league’s All-Academic team, joining Weston and McInerney, earning recognition for at least a 3.0 GPA.
“The primary point of emphasis for us is a 3.0 cumulative GPA for the academic year,” Alexander said. “We had six players named to the University honor roll with 3.0 or higher for the spring and four made the Dean's List with 3.5 or higher.”
In addition to those recognized by the Atlantic Sun Conference, Jermol Paul, who was named to the spring honor roll at Stetson, graduated with a degree in Sport Management. Weston also graduated with a degree in Finance, and was also a member of the prestigious Roland George Program.
Junior guard Chris Perez was also named to Stetson’s spring honor roll for having a 3.0 or better GPA during the spring semester.
Overall, the A-Sun recognized 1,416 student-athletes as All-Academic selections for their work in the classroom by reaching the 3.0 mark. Additionally, 89 percent of the A-Sun's 18 championship teams had at least half of the student-athletes on their rosters earn All-Academic recognition.
Stetson was one of four league institutions to have had more than 70 percent of its student-athletes recognized for having a grade-point average of at least 3.0. Stetson had 139 of its 197 student-athletes who competed in the Atlantic Sun recognized.
“I applaud all who continue to successfully achieve as student-athletes,” A-Sun Commissioner Ted Gumbart said. “To see nearly two-thirds of our student-athletes earn this level of academic distinction means that they certainly are committed to the A-Sun's mission of ‘Building Winners for Life.’
“It is important to recognize that this is a team effort, due to the commitment of the athletic administration, coaches and staff of our member institutions, who daily serve as the catalysts for such impressive development of our young people. Congratulations and thank you again to the institutions and to each student-athlete for providing such an outstanding representation of the Atlantic Sun Conference.”