Tyler Thalken, Justin Coughlin, Alex Pickert, Rob Lewis, Travis Hallam & Brian Stafford
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Tyler Thalken, Justin Coughlin, Alex Pickert, Rob Lewis, Travis Hallam & Brian Stafford
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Six Denver Men's Basketball Players to Graduate This Weekend
Courtesy: Denver Athletics  
Release: 06/08/2012

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DENVER - It's a big weekend at the University of Denver and a time to celebrate all those Pioneers who will receive their diplomas in the next two days.

Among those happy graduates are six men's basketball players, who combined for 3,727 points, 1,150 rebounds, 768 assists, 305 steals and 174 blocked shots. They played a combined 549 games with 322 starts. In fact, they represent four of the top six spots on Denver's all-time games played list.

Perhaps more impressive than those statistics is this one: these six men are graduating with a combined grade point average of better than 3.4. Every one of them landed on the Sun Belt Conference Honor Roll or Commissioner's List every year they were eligible, helping DU win the SBC Team Academic Award all four years.

This evening, Rob Lewis (Colorado Springs, Colo.) will graduate for the second-straight year. He received a bachelor's degree in finance last year, and he will receive an MBA tonight.

The other five - Justin Coughlin (Yuma, Colo.), Travis Hallam (Mesquite, Texas), Alex Pickert (Carmel, Calif.), Brian Stafford (Walnut Creek, Calif.) and Tyler Thalken (Tulsa, Okla.) - will all receive undergraduate degrees tomorrow morning.

Fittingly, both the graduate and undergraduate ceremonies will be conducted in Magness Arena.

A few of them are heading right into their next endeavors. In what comes as no surprise to anyone that watched the Pioneers for the past four years, Stafford plans to head to Europe to play professionally, joining the ranks of fellow DU greats Nate Rohnert and Yemi Nicholson.

Stafford's performance in the classroom mirrored what he did on the court. Stafford became just the fourth DU men's basketball player to earn Academic All-American, while also winning the prestigious NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship, becoming just the third Pioneer basketball player to do so.

Coughlin recently accepted a position with the prestigious El Pomar Foundation, Hallam is going to teach history and coach at his former middle school, and Thalken will look to complete his MBA at DU's Daniels College of Business next year.

This group, which helped transform the Denver program over the past four years into a team that won a DU record 22 Division I games in 2011-12, has certainly been successful here at DU. There's no doubt that their success will carry into their careers.

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