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Chase Hallam Named to Scholar-Athlete Team
Courtesy: Denver Athletics  
Release: 04/03/2012
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DENVER -University of Denver junior guard Chase Hallam (Mesquite, Texas) was one of 11 men's basketball players named to the 10th Annual Division I-AAA Athletics Directors Association Scholar-Athlete Team, the DI-AAA ADA announced today.

"This honor is a tribute to how hard Chase works on the court and in the classroom," Denver men's basketball head coach Joe Scott said. "It is as much an honor for our program as it is for Chase, and we are happy that he has been recognized for his achievements."

Hallam, whose 3.88 grade-point average in accounting was highest among the men's players honored, helped lead the Pioneers to a Denver NCAA Division I record 22 wins, including an 11-5 mark in the Sun Belt Conference. Hallam ranked fifth in the SBC in steals (1.6 per game), ninth in three-point percentage (.397) and 15th in assists (2.3 per game).

"The Division I-AAA ADA wants to congratulate this year's scholar-athletes for both their academic and athletics achievements," stated Tim Hall, chair of the Division I-AAA ADA Scholar-Athlete Team Selection Committee and athletics director at the University of Missouri Kansas City. "Our Association is excited to have another platform which recognizes the outstanding accomplishments of Division I student-athletes."

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. He/she must have reached junior athletics and academic standing at the nominated institution (true freshmen, red-shirt freshmen and ineligible athletics transfers are not eligible) and have completed at least three academic semesters/five quarters at the nominated institution. Nominated student-athletes must have participated in at least 50 percent of the team's games listed on the nomination form.

A special Review Committee of Division I-AAA athletics directors was responsible for selecting the winners. Completing this task were Committee Chair Tim Hall; Pete Carlon, Texas Arlington; Don DiJulia, St. Joseph's; Gene Doris, Fairfield; Bill Husak, Loyola Marymount; Jean Lenti Ponsetto, DePaul; and Dave Mullins, East Tennessee State.

Men's Scholar-Athlete Team  

Name

Institution

GPA

Major

Luke Patrick Apfeld

Vermont

3.82

English/Sociology

Ben Averkamp

Loyola Chicago

3.77

Biology

Travis Bader

Oakland

3.32

Communications

Taylor Darby

Pepperdine

3.37

Integrated Marketing

Matthew Dickey

North Carolina Asheville

3.30

Health & Wellness

Walt Gibler

Loyola Chicago

3.73

Psychology

Chase Hallam

Denver

3.88

Accounting

Mick Hedgepeth

Belmont

3.70

Accounting

Tony Meier

Wisconsin Milwaukee

3.65

Business

Scott Saunders

Belmont

3.84

Finance/Marketing

Adam Sollazzo

East Tennessee State

3.72

Business Marketing

Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Adam Sollazzo, East Tennessee State
Postgraduate Scholarship Recipient:  Mick Hedgepeth, Belmont

Women's Scholar-Athlete Team  

Name

Institution

GPA

Major

Maggie Blair

Manhattan

4.00

Finance/Management

Tara Booker

George Washington

3.38

Sociology & Organizational Science

Courtney Chihil

Florida Gulf Coast

3.86

Nursing

Lily Grenci

Siena

3.83

Sociology

Alexandra Hall

Hartford

3.95

Management/Economics & Finance

Dayon Hall-Jones

Missouri Kansas City

3.41

Psychology

Sarah Hansen

Florida Gulf Coast

3.95

Chemistry

Michelle Kurowski

UMBC

4.00

Teaching/Early Childhood Education

Kevi Luper

Oral Roberts

3.49

Business Administration

Anna Martin

DePaul

3.56

Commerce: Intended Management

Julie Wojta

Wisconsin Green Bay

3.58

Business Administration & Accounting

Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Sarah Hansen, Florida Gulf Coast
Postgraduate Scholarship Recipient: Tara Booker, George Washington

A special Review Committee of Division I-AAA athletics directors was responsible for selecting the winners. Completing this task were Committee Chair Tim Hall; Pete Carlon, Texas Arlington; Don DiJulia, St. Joseph's; Gene Doris, Fairfield; Bill Husak, Loyola Marymount; Jean Lenti Ponsetto, DePaul; and Dave Mullins, East Tennessee State.

About Division I-AAA ADA: Now in its 11th year, the Division I-AAA Athletics Directors Association's mission is to enhance initiatives common to its Division I-AAA membership (the 99 Division I institutions that do not sponsor football), in particular, aspects related to their flagship basketball programs. For more information on the Division I-AAA ADA, please visit www.div1aaa-ada.com. The Division I-AAA ADA is administered by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA), which is in its 47th year. For more information on NACDA and the 12 professional associations that fall under its umbrella, please visit www.nacda.com.


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