Feb. 2, 2012
SAN BRUNO, Calif. -- A pair of West Coast Conference standouts have been recognized for their stellar work in the classroom and on the basketball court. Pepperdine senior Taylor Darby and Saint Mary's junior Matthew Dellavedova are two of five players named to the Capital One Academic All-District 8 First Team, as announced by CoSIDA on Thursday. Both Darby and Dellavedova will now have the opportunity to be on the ballot for Academic All-American honors.
Darby, an integrated marketing communications major, is averaging a team-high 11.9 points for the Waves along with 6.0 rebounds and 1.1 blocks. In the West Coast Conference, he ranks 13th in scoring, 10th in rebounding and tied for eighth in blocked shots. Back on Jan. 19, he became the eighth Wave to start 100 career games since the stat was first kept in 1972-73. Darby came into this season averaging 6.7 points for his career.
He earned WCC All-Academic first team honors the last two years and following his junior season he was named an Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar and to the NABC Honors Court.
A native of Maryborough, Victoria, Australia, Dellavedova owns a 3.61 grade point average as a psychology major at Saint Mary's.
Dellavedova has led Saint Mary's to a 20-2 record and a perfect 10-0 mark heading into tonight's home contest against San Diego. He leads the West Coast Conference and is among the national leaders in assists and assist/turnover ratio and has been recognized as one of the top point guards in the country. He owns a sparkling 71-17 record as a starter in his two-plus seasons and is already among the career leaders at Saint Mary's in several categories.
The Academic All-District ® program recognizes the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom. Capital One became the entitlement rights holder to CoSIDA's Academic All-America teams programs in 2011.
All-district teams are divided into eight geographic districts across the United States and Canada. This is the first year of the expanded Academic All-America® program as CoSIDA moves from recognizing a University Division (Division I) and a College Division (all non Division I) and doubles the number of scholar-athletes honored. The teams include NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II and NCAA Division III participants, while the College Division team combines NAIA, Canadian and two-year schools.
First-team Academic All-District ® honorees advance to the Capital One Academic All-America® Team ballot, where first-, second- and third-team All-America honorees will be selected later this month.
--from pepperdinesports.com and smcgaels.com