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Brunson Named Second Team Academic All-American
Jalen Brunson
Jalen Brunson
March 12, 2018

AUSTIN, Texas - West Virginia University senior guard Jevon Carter and The University of New Mexico senior guard Cherise Beynon highlight the 2017-18 Academic All-America® Division I basketball teams as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

Villanova's Jalen Brunson has been selected as a second team Men's COSIDA Academic All-American. The native of Lincolnshire, Ill., sports a 3.34 grade point average as a Communication major. He is the first Wildcats men's basketball player honored since Mark Plansky in 1988. Other prior honorees by COSIDA include Tom Ingelsby (1973 first team Academic All-American) John Pinone (1983 first team Academic All-American, second team 1982 Academic All-American); and Harold Jensen (1987 first team Academic All-American).

Carter has been named the 2017-18 CoSIDA Academic All-America® of the Year for Division I men’s basketball, while Beynon earned the distinction of 2017-18 CoSIDA Academic All-America® of the Year for Division I women’s basketball.

A sport management major with a 3.51 GPA, Carter was named the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year for the second-straight season. He was a 2017-18 unanimous choice for the All-Big 12 First Team, and is a two-time Academic All-Big 12 First Team. Carter has been named to the All-Big 12 Defensive Team all four years with the Mountaineers. Carter is a finalist for several national awards including the Bob Cousy Point Guard of the Year Award, the John R. Wooden Award, and the Arthur Ashe Jr. Male Athlete of the Year.

Beynon becomes a two-time CoSIDA Academic All-America® First Team selection after earning the honor last year as well. A business administration major with a 4.1 GPA, Beynon closed out her final season with a third straight All-Mountain West First Team honor, and a second straight All-Mountain West Defensive Team selection. She is also a three-time Mountain West Scholar-Athlete and Academic All-Mountain West selection for the Lobos.



Of the 16 members on the 2017-18 CoSIDA Academic All-America® Division I men’s basketball teams, 11 have at least a 3.80 GPA, with five student-athletes sporting a perfect 4.0 GPA. The five members of the first team have an average GPA of 3.89, with all three teams combining for a 3.80 GPA.

The CoSIDA Academic All-America® Division I Men’s Basketball teams have four repeat performers – Joshua Braun (Grand Canyon University), Jordan Howard (University of Central Arkansas), A.J. Jacobson (North Dakota State University) and Tyler Seibring (Elon University) – from last year’s CoSIDA Academic All-America® teams. Additionally, Jacobson and Braun were named to the 2015-16 CoSIDA Academic All-America® teams.

Twelve of the 16 members of the 2017-18 CoSIDA Academic All-America® Division I women’s basketball teams have at least a 3.90 GPA, with 10 student-athletes maintaining a perfect 4.0 GPA. The five members of the first team have an average GPA of 4.02, with the three teams combining for a 3.91 GPA.

Along with Beynon, the CoSIDA Academic All-America® Division I Women’s Basketball teams have four other repeat performers – Amanda Cahill (Indiana University), Jordan Korinek (Kent State University), Kia Nurse (University of Connecticut) and Carlie Wagner (University of Minnesota) – from last year’s CoSIDA Academic All-America® teams.


Jevon Carter (West Virginia, Sr., 3.51, Sport Management)

Tyler Clement (Creighton, Gr., 4.00 /4.00, Finance / Marketing)

A.J. Jacobson (1) (%) (North Dakota State, Gr., 3.99 / 4.00, Zoology (U) / Master of Business Administration (G))

Tyler Seibring (3) (Elon, Jr., 3.95, English / Economics)

Joe Sherburne (UMBC, Jr., 4.00, Financial Economics)


Christian Adams (Costal Carolina, Jr., 4.00, Economics and Finance)

Jalen Brunson (Villanova, Sr., 3.34, Communication)

Jordan Howard (2) (Central Arkansas, Sr. , 3.71, Digital Filmmaking)

Luke Maye (North Carolina, Jr., 3.45, Business Administration)

Skylar Mays (LSU, So. , 4.01, Biological Sciences)

Dylan Windler (Belmont, Jr., 3.84, Accounting)


Marcus Bartley (Southern Illinois, Jr., 4.00, Sport Administration)

Joshua Braun (1) (*) (Grand Canyon, Gr., 3.83 / 3.60, Master of Business Administration)

Stone Gettings (Cornell , Jr. ,3.81, Applied Economics & Management)

Reed Timmer (Drake University, Sr., 3.47, Pharmacy)

Kevin Vannattt (UNC Asheville Sr. 3.93 Accounting