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Nine West Coast Conference Men's Basketball Student-Athletes named to NABC Honors Court

July 23, 2014

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SAN BRUNO, Calif. – Nine West Coast Conference men’s basketball student-athletes were selected to the NABC Honors Court as released this week by the organization. Portland led the way with three honorees, while Pepperdine and San Diego each had a pair. 

Two Capital One Academic All-Americans highlighted the list.

Pepperdine’s Malte Kramer was named co-Valedictorian of Pepperdine after graduating this spring with a 4.0 GPA and a degree in economics. He received numerous other academic awards, including Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-American third team honors (becoming Pepperdine basketball's first-ever Academic All-American); West Coast Conference All-Academic first team status; Division I-AAA Athletics Directors Association Scholar-Athlete Team; and Pepperdine Athletics' Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

Kramer was an important reserve and occasional starter as a senior in 2013-14. He appeared in 28 games, starting nine, and averaged 4.6 points and 1.4 rebounds. He made 44.8% of his three-pointers (30-for-67) on the season, good for third-best in the WCC. Kramer scored a career-high 14 points against Indiana State at the Great Alaska Shootout in November. He made the go-ahead three-pointer late in a home victory against rival Loyola Marymount (Feb. 1), and then sank four three-pointers in a road victory at LMU (Feb. 20).

Portland Tomas Van der Mars became the second men's basketball player in program history to earn Capital One CoSIDA Academic All-America honors this season after being named to the second team. A native of Gouda, The Netherlands, van der Mars is also a two-time WCC All-Academic Team pick and joined Nicholas on the DI-AAA ADA Scholar-Athlete Team. He has a 3.95 grade-point average as an operations and technology management major.

WCC NABC Honors Court Honorees
Skyler Halford

Malte Kramer
Allen Stevens

Riley Baker
Ryan Nicholas
Thomas van der Mars

San Diego
Johnny Dee
Nick Kerr

Santa Clara
Julian Clarke