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Three #WCChoops Student-Athletes on D1-AA ADA Scholar Teams

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CLEVELAND – Three West Coast Conference basketball student-athletes earned spots on the 2016 D1-AA ADA Scholar Athlete Team as announced by the organization on Monday. 

Gonzaga senior forward Kyle Wiltjer was named the Men’s Scholar Athlete of the Year and Gonzaga senior Shelby Cheslek was named to the Women’s Scholar Athlete Team. Junior guard Joe Rahon of Saint Mary’s joined Wiltjer in earning a spot on the Men’s Scholar Athlete Team. 

The honors for Wiltjer and Cheslek make Gonzaga one of just three schools who placed at least one representative on both the men’s and women’s scholar-athlete teams alongside American and Florida Gulf Coast.

Wiltjer had a fantastic season both on the floor and off the floor where he was named an Associated Press Honorable Mention All-American, a Senior CLASS All-American and WCC All-Academic first teamer. In the classroom, he is working on his Master of Business Administration degree and owns a 3.76 grade-point average. Wiltjer led the team with 20.4 point per game and his 736 total points this season is the fourth-highest single-season point total in Gonzaga history. He also led the team with 90 three-pointers, tied for sixth all-time at Gonzaga, and was second on the team in rebounding at 6.3 per game. In two years at Gonzaga, he scored 1,374 points, which ranks in the schools top 20 all-time. Wiltjer also earned All-WCC First Team and NABC All-District First Team honors.

Cheslek put together a record-breaking season herself, grabbing the Gonzaga all-time blocks record at 213 for her career. She also ended her career ranking second all-time at GU in rebounding with 932. A WCC All-Academic selection, Cheslek is working on her Master of Business Administration degree and boasts a 3.62 cumulative GPA. For the season, she averaged 9.7 points and 8.6 rebounds per game this season. Her 1.97 blocks per game ranked first in the WCC and her .477 field goal percentage ranked sixth.

Rahon was named the 2016 WCC Newcomer of the Year and enjoyed a strong first season with the Gaels, leading SMC to the quarterfinals of NIT. Saint Mary’s posted a record-setting season and Rahon helped, averaging 10.7 points 4.5 rebounds and 5.4 assists en route to All-WCC First Team accolades.

"Our Association congratulates this year's scholar-athlete award winners," stated Tim Hall, chair of the Division I-AAA ADA Scholar-Athlete Team Selection Committee and athletics director at the University of Maryland Baltimore County. "We pride ourselves in honoring deserving student-athletes who exemplify I-AAA athletics and this year is no different, as we recognize the scholar-athletes of the year and the postgraduate scholarship recipients for their outstanding accomplishments."

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. Nominated student-athletes must have participated in at least 50 percent of the team's games listed on the nomination form. To be eligible for nomination to the Scholar-Athlete Team, he/she must have reached junior academic standing at their institution (ineligible athletics transfers are not eligible).


Men's Scholar-Athlete Team










Brett Bisping

Siena College






Evan Bradds


Belmont University






Craig Bradshaw


Belmont University




Public Relations


Mike Crawford


Saint Louis University




Business Administration


Caleb Donnelly


Northeastern University




Chemical Engineering


Obi Emegano


Oral Roberts University




Psycology (Bachelors) Christain Counseling (Masters)


Marc-Eddy Norelia


Florida Gulf Coast University






Joe Rahon


Saint Mary's College of California






Jesse Reed


American University






Kyle Wiltjer


Gonzaga University




Business Administration


Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Kyle Wiltjer, Gonzaga University

Women's Scholar-Athlete Team










Shelby Cheslek


Gonzaga University




Masters in Business Administration


Lauren Crisler


American University






Stephanie Haas


Florida Gulf Coast University




Criminal Justice/Psychology


Jessica January


DePaul University




Public Relations/Advertising and Communications/Media


Sam Lapszynski


Niagara University




Elementary Education


Taylor Leathers


University of Missouri Kansas City




Health Science/Pre Medical


Bryahna "Lucy" Mason


UNC - Greensboro




Economics/African Studies


Megan Podkowa


DePaul University




Mathematical Sciences


Nicole Rogers






Biology/Pre Medical


Christine Roush


Northern Kentucky University




Biological Science


Scholar-Athlete of the Year:
Jessica January, DePaul University 

Postgraduate Scholarship Recipients: Taylor Leathers, University of Missouri Kansas City and Stephanie Haas, Florida Gulf Coast University