Four WCC Men's Basketball Players Capture Capital One All-District Academic Honors

Pepperdine's Malte Kramer one of four WCC student-athletes on District 8 Academic Team
Pepperdine's Malte Kramer one of four WCC student-athletes on District 8 Academic Team

Jan. 30, 2014

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SAN BRUNO, Calif. - West Coast Conference men's basketball student-athletes dominated the 2014 Capital One District All-Academic First Team as announced today by CoSIDA. Of the six-member District 8 first team, four compete in the WCC: Johnny Dee (San Diego), Malte Kramer (Pepperdine), Beau Levesque (Saint Mary's) and Thomas van der Mars (Portland).

SELECTION CRITERIA: In order to be nominated, a student-athlete must have a 3.3 GPA or better, have at least sophomore standing and appear in a minimum of 50 percent of a team's games. All student-athletes selected for the first team are eligible for Academic All-American honors. CoSIDA will vote next week from the pool of the eight district winners to determine the 2013-14 Capital One Academic All-America Team.

Junior guard Johnny Dee is one of five players named to the Disctrict 8 First Team. A Finance major, Dee carries a 3.41 cumulative grade-point average. The reigning WCC Player of the Week, Dee led Toreros to a WCC split on always tough Pacific Northwest road trip with close loss to Gonzaga (59-56) and win at Portland (65-63). For the two games Dee averaged 23.5 points, 3.0 rebounds and 2.5 steals. He shot 75% from the field (15-20) while going perfect from beyond the arc (7-7) and at the free throw line (10-10). 

Dee currently has a streak of 47 consecutive made free throws. Through nine WCC games he is shooting 62.5% from three-point range (25-40) and is 24-24 from the charity stripe. Dee moved into the No. 9 all-time spot for scoring with 1,314 points and needs just five points to move into eighth place.

Dee leads the Toreros and ranks sixth among WCC scoring leaders (17.1) and is eighth in WCC games in field goal percentage (53.3%) and leads the league in free throw percentage (24-24) and 3-point field goal accuracy.

Malte Kramer (Frieberg, Germany/Cuesta CC), who holds a 4.0 grade-point average in economics, has been an important reserve and occasional starter for the Waves in 2013-14. He's appeared in 20 games, starting eight, and is averaging 4.3 points and 1.6 rebounds. He's made 41% of his three-pointers (19-for-46) on the season. Kramer scored a career-high 14 points against Indiana State at the Great Alaska Shootout in November.

In 2012-13, his first season with the Waves, Kramer earned NABC Honors Court and WCC Commissioner's Honor Roll "gold" honors. Before transferring to Pepperdine, Kramer was the state of California's junior college scholar-athlete of the year in 2011-12 while at Cuesta College. He also held a 4.0 GPA at Cuesta and was an all-state first team selection in basketball.

Kramer is the second Wave to earn Academic All-District honors in three years, following Taylor Darby in 2012.

Saint Mary's graduate student Beau Levesque has been named to the first team 2013-14 Capital One Academic All-District® 8 Men's Basketball Team by the College Sports Information Directors of America. Levesque, a native of nearby Lafayette, completed his undergraduate degree in May with a 3.80 grade point average, is currently pursuing a masters degree in leadership at SMC and is a two-time West Coast Conference Academic Team honoree.

Levesque has started all 21 games for the Gaels this season, averaging 11.1 points, 5.3 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game in both overall and conference games. Levesquehas led the squad in scoring three times and has been the top rebounder in four contests.

A junior center from Gouda, The Netherlands, van der Mars has a 3.95 cumulative grade-point average and is majoring in operations and technology management through the University's Pamplin School of Business.

He has been a Dean's List honoree all five of his semesters on campus and was named to the West Coast Conference All-Academic team last year.

On the court, van der Mars is having a breakout 2013-14 season, averaging career-highs in points (12.1) and rebounds (6.8). He ranks fourth in the WCC in field goal percentage (.588), 10th in rebounding and 22nd in scoring.

Van der Mars recently set a career-high with 27 points and matched his career best with 18 rebounds in a triple overtime win over BYU. He previously dropped a 19-point, 18-rebound effort against Portland State on Dec. 7 that earned him WCC Player of the Week honors.

He has recorded five double-doubles on the season.

A three-year starter, van der Mars already ranks in the top 10 in school history in blocked shots and field goal percentage.

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