Brad Karp of Saint Xavier and Hollie German of Lee named winners of prestigious award
Junior guard Brad Karp of Saint Xavier University (Ill.) and junior guard Hollie German of Lee University (Tenn.) headline the 2013 Capital One Academic All-America College Division Men's and Women's Basketball Teams, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
The Capital One College Division Academic All-America basketball teams are comprised of student-athletes from NAIA, Canadian and two-year institutions.
Karp and German have been chosen as the winners of the Capital One Academic All-America of the Year award for the men's and women's basketball teams, respectively.
A biology major from Valparaiso, Ind., Karp has a 3.61 grade point average. He leads the Cougars in scoring and rebounding this season, averaging 22.1 points and 9.0 rebounds per game. He ranks fourth in NAIA Division II in total scoring with 619 points, and he is quickly closing in on his 2,000th-career point. In addition, he has been named the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Player of the Week six times out of 13 weeks this season. He has led the seventh-ranked Cougars to a 25-4 record this season.
A member of the 2012 Capital One Academic All-America second team, Karp earned NAIA All-American second team honors as a sophomore. He averaged 23.6 points and 8.5 rebounds per contest during his sophomore year. A two-time All-CCAC first team honoree, Karp was the CCAC Freshman of the Year in 2010-11 when he averaged 19.5 points per game.
German, a mathematics and secondary education major from Benton, Tenn., has a 3.98 GPA. The sixth-leading scorer in NAIA Division I with a 20.04 average, German has led the seventh-ranked Flames to a 24-2 record.
German, who is fourth in the NAIA with 75 three-point field goals, is ranked among the NAIA leaders free throw percentage (.800), assists (106), three-point field goal percentage (.387) and assists per game (4.1).
A second-team NAIA All-American in 2012, she was also named as the Southern States Athletic Conference's Divisional Player of the Year and earned a spot on the all-conference team in 2012 when she helped the Lady Flames to a 30-4 record.
Joining Karp on the men's first team are senior guards Casey Coons of Taylor University (Ind.) and senior Coleson Rakestraw of John Brown University (Ark.). Coons was the Capital One Academic All-America College Division Team Member of the Year in 2012. Coons and Rakestraw are repeat selections on the Capital One Academic All-America College Division first team.
Junior forward Michael Greene of Northwest University (Wash.) was named to the first team this year after earning second team notice last year. Senior Trevor Wolterstorff of Dordt College (Iowa) completes the 2012-13 Capital One Academic All-America College Division first team.
A health and physical education major from Indianapolis, Ind., Coons has a 3.76 G.P.A. One of the top four scorers in Trojan program history, Coons recently eclipsed the 2,000-point mark for his career. An honorable mention NAIA All-American selection as a junior, he has led the No. 24 Trojans to a 19-9 record this season. A two-time All-Mid-Central College Conference honoree, he is Taylor's leading scorer with a 16.1 scoring average. He also ranks fourth in the NAIA with 95 three-pointers made.
Rakestraw, an electrical and computer engineering major from Siloam Springs, Ark., boasts a 3.92 G.P.A. Rakestraw paces the Golden Eagles' offense with 11.6 points per game. He has helped John Brown University post a 24-4 record and a 13-1 conference mark while leading the Golden Eagles to its first-ever Sooner Athletic Conference regular season championship.. A career 40-percent, three-point shooter, he is 14th in NAIA Division I this season with a 44.2 shooting percentage from three-point range.
An accounting and finance major from Bellingham, Wash., Greene carries a 3.91 G.P.A. Greene leads Northwest in several categories including scoring (18.1 points per game), rebounding (8.7 rebounds per game), assists (2.62 per game) and steals (1.45 per game). Ranked second in NAIA Division II in field-goal percentage at 66.6 percent, Greene helped Northwest make back-to-back national tournament appearances in 2011 and 2012.
Wolterstorff, a psychology major from Sioux Center, Iowa, carries a 3.82 G.P.A. Averaging 14.3 points per game, Wolterstorff leads Dordt College in rebounding with a 6.7 average. A three-time NAIA All-American, he earned All-American notice in men's basketball twice and once in track & field. Wolterstorff is the second-leading in school history with 1,883 career points and a three-time All-Great Plains Athletic Conference pick. Last year, he led the Defenders to a 30-5 record and a berth in the NAIA quarter-finals.
The five members of the Capital One Academic All-America® College Division Men's Basketball first team have an average of G.P.A of 3.80.
Joining German on the Capital One Academic All-America College Division Women's Basketball first team are senior center Kelsey Canavan of Lubbock Christian University (Texas), senior guard Laura Carroll of Asbury University (Ky.), sophomore forward Katie Gonnering of St. Francis (Ill.), and senior forward/center Esther Timmermans of Vanguard University (Calif.).
Canavan, an accounting and finance major from El Paso, Texas, has a perfect 4.0 G.P.A. She leads the Sooner Athletic Conference with a .532 field goal percentage and ranks 13th in the NAIA. The third-leading scorer for the No. 3 Lady Chaparrals, she averages 12.6 points per game. She is second on the team with a 6.6 rebounding average while leading Lubbock Christian to a 23-3 record. As a junior, she averaged 16.5 and 8.2 rebounds per game while earning second-team NAIA All-American honors.
An elementary education major from Paintsville, Ky., Carroll owns a 3.99 G.P.A. The all-time leading scorer in school history with 1,589 points, she is ranked No. 1 in NAIA Division II free throw percentage (.942). A three-time All-Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference honoree, she is also ranks 34th in the nation in scoring with a 16.4 average. Carroll, who ranks second on Asbury's all-time assists list with 403, helped the Eagles win their first KIAC title in 2012. She has helped Asbury to a 20-8 record this year.
Gonnering, a nursing major from Seymour, Wis., carries a perfect 4.00 G.P.A. An honorable mention NAIA Division II All-American as a freshman, she also earned All-Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference first team notice. A four-time CCAC Player of the Week, she is the fifth-leading scorer in the NAIA with a 20.5 average. She also ranks 12th in field goal percentage (.526) and 16th in rebounding (9.3). As a freshman, she averaged 16.6 points and 6.4 rebounds per game last year.
A psychology major from Melbourne, Australia, Timmermans has a 3.88 G.P.A. She has led No. 7 Vanguard to a 19-2 record. She is 45th in the nation in scoring with a 15.6 average. The tenth-leading rebounder in the nation with a 10.3 average, she ranks 21st in field goal percentage (.511). Last year, she was an honorable mention NAIA All-American and earned All-Golden State Athletic Conference honors.
The five members of the Capital One Academic All-America® College Division Women's Basketball first team have a 3.97 average G.P.A.
Named to the Capital One Academic All-America men's second team are Senior Aaron Martin of Indiana Wesleyan University, junior Greg Miller of Grace College, junior Bobby Naubert of Madonna University, junior Nick Reed of Doane College and Vesteinn Sveinsson of Ashford University have been named to the Capital One Academic All-America second team.
Junior Trevor Johnson of Nebraska Wesleyan University, junior Andrew Lerg of University of St. Francis (Ill.), senior Kasey Miller of McPherson College, sophomore Zach Miller of Bethel (Ind.) College, and junior Caleb Williams of Mount Vernon Nazarene University make up the Capital One Academic All-America men's third team.
Sophomore Suzie Broski of Saint Xavier, senior Laura Johnson of Bethel (Ind.) College, junior Samantha Kleinsasser of Northwestern (Iowa) College, senior Clarie Ray of Indiana Wesleyan and senior Lindsey Waters of Union (Ky.) College make up the women's second team.
Junior Jenna Diakos of Louisiana State University Shreveport, senior Lauren Gober of Oklahoma City University, senior Emily Scharter of Point Park University, senior Paige Smith of Indiana Wesleyan and sophomore Morgan Stuut of Saint Xavier complete the women's third team.
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To be eligible for Academic All-America consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director. Since the program's inception in 1952, CoSIDA has bestowed Academic All-America honors on more than 15,000 student-athletes in NCAA Divisions I, II, III as well as NAIA, and Canadian and two-year institutions.
For more information about the Academic All-America Teams program, please visit www.cosida.com.