THE FLATS - Brandon Alston, a graduate student-athlete on Georgia Tech’s basketball team, been named to the annual All-Atlantic Coast Conference Academic Men’s Basketball team, as announced Wednesday by Commissioner John Swofford.
To be eligible for consideration, a student-athlete must have earned a 3.00 grade point average for the previous semester and maintained a 3.00 cumulative average during his academic career. Alston, who graduated in three years with a degree in economics from Lehigh University, is working toward a graduate degree in economics.
The Vienna, Va., native, who is a junior in terms of athletic eligibility, is one of two players to play every game for the Yellow Jackets this season, having started 19 games and averaged 22.9 minutes per game. He has averaged 5.1 points, 1.8 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game, while hitting 31.5 percent of his three-point tries and 73.1 percent of his free throws.
The All-ACC Academic Team includes three of the top five and six of the league’s top 15 scorers – Duke’s Marvin Bagley III (20.7), Syracuse’s Tyus Battle (19.8), Maye (17.9), Duke’s Grayson Allen (15.5), Louisville’s Deng Adel (15.3) and NC State Allerik Freeman (15.1). In addition, the team also includes the league’s fifth- and 10th-leading rebounders, respectively, in Louisville’s Ray Spalding (8.9) and Clemson’s Elijah Thomas (7.9), and Virginia’s Devon Hall, who leads the ACC in assists-to-turnover ratio (3.19-to-1).
Duke’s Allen earned a spot on the honors team for a fourth-straight year while Maye, Louisville’ Deng Adel and Raymond Spalding, Clemson’s Gabe DeVoe, Notre Dame’s Rex Pflueger, Virginia Tech’s Devin Wilson were named for a third time. Syracuse’s Tyus Battle, Florida State’s Trent Forrest, Virginia’s Hall and Louisville’s V.J. King are listed for a second time.
Maye was named the recipient of the league’s 2017 Skip Prosser Award, presented annually to the top scholar-athlete in ACC men’s basketball. It is named in memory of Wake Forest head basketball coach George Edward “Skip” Prosser, who passed away on July 26, 2007. A junior from Huntersville, N.C., Maye is the leading scorer and rebounder for the Tar Heels.
2018 ALL-ACC ACADEMIC MEN'S BASKETBALL TEAM
Player, Class, School / Hometown / Major
Deng Adel, Jr., Louisville | Melbourne, Australia | Sports Administration
Brandon Alston, Gr., Georgia Tech | Vienna, Va. | Economics
Grayson Allen, Sr., Duke | Jacksonville, Fla. | Psychology
Marvin Bagley III, Fr., Duke | Phoenix, Ariz. | Undeclared
Tyus Battle, So., Syracuse | Edison, N.J. | Information Management & Technology
Marcus Carr, Fr., Pittsburgh | Toronto, Ontario, Canada | Arts & Sciences
Marek Dolezaj, Fr., Syracuse | Bratislava, Slovakia | Undeclared
Braxton Beverly, Fr., NC State | Hazard, Ky. | Sport Management
Khameron Davis, Fr., Pittsburgh | Denver, Colo. | Arts & Sciences
Gabe DeVoe, Sr., Clemson | Shelby, N.C. | Marketing
Trent Forrest, So., Florida State | Chipley, Fla. | Sport Management
Allerik Freeman, Gr., NC State | Charlotte, N.C. | Youth & Family Community Services
Devon Hall, Gr., Virginia | Virginia Beach, Va. | Higher Education
Sam Hunt, Gr., NC State | Greensboro, N.C. | Youth & Family Community Services
Nigel Johnson, Gr., Virginia | Ashburn, Va. | Higher Education
Chris Lykes, Fr., Miami | Mitchellville, Md. | Undeclared
Mfinodu Kabengele, Fr., Florida State | Burlington, Ontario, Canada | International Affairs
V.J. King, So., Louisville | Cleveland, Ohio | Sports Administration
Luke Maye, Jr., North Carolina | Huntersville, N.C. | Business Administration
Jordan Nwora, Fr., Louisville | Buffalo, N.Y. | Exercise Science
Rex Pflueger, Jr., Notre Dame | Dana Point, Calif. | Marketing
Ray Spalding, Jr., Louisville | Louisville, Ky. | Communications
Shamiel Stevenson, Fr., Pittsburgh | Toronto, Ontario, Canada | Arts & Sciences
Parker Stewart, Fr., Pittsburgh | Union City, Tenn. | Arts & Sciences
Elijah Thomas, Jr., Clemson | Dallas, Texas | Parks, Recreation & Tourism
Dejan Vasiljevic, So., Miami | Melbrourne, Australia | Management
Lonnie Walker IV, Fr., Miami | Reading, Pa. | Undeclared
Devin Wilson, Sr., Virginia Tech | McKees Rocks, Pa. | Political Science
Jared Wilson-Frame, Jr., Pittsburgh | Hartford, Conn. | Social Sciences
Keyshawn Woods, Sr., Wake Forest | Gastonia, N.C. | Communications
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