July 23, 2014
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
Thomas van der Mars