Kansas Junior Sasha Kaun Named Academic All-Big 12

March 1, 2007

IRVING, Texas – Kansas junior Sasha Kaun was named to the 2007 Academic All-Big 12 First Team, the conference office announced Thursday. Kaun, who is on the first team for the second straight season, was among the 22 student-athletes honored on the 2007 squad.

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Nominated by each institution’s director of student-athlete support services and the media relations offices, the academic all-league men’s basketball team consisted of nine first team members combined with 13 on the second team. First team members consist of those who have maintained a 3.20 or better GPA, and the second team are those who have a 3.00 to 3.19 GPA.

To qualify student-athletes must maintain a 3.00 GPA or higher either cumulative or the two previous semesters and must have participated in 60 percent of his team’s scheduled contests. Freshmen and transfers are not eligible in their first year of academic residence. Senior student-athletes who have participated for a minimum of two years and meet all the criteria except percent of participation are also eligible.

2007 AcademicAll-Big12 Men’s Basketball Team

FirstTeam (3.20-plus gpa; *indicates nominated with a 4.00 GPA)

Name, School, Class, Major, Hometown

Ross Marsden, Iowa State, So., Business, Ames, Iowa


Serge Afeli, Kansas State, Sr., Physical Science, Abidjan, Ivory Coast

Paul Velander, Nebraska, So., Natural Science, Education, Blacksburg, Va.

Michael Neal, Oklahoma, Sr., African and African-American Studies, Mesquite, Texas

Kellen Sampson, Oklahoma, Sr., Communication, Norman, Okla.

J.D. Lewis, Texas, Jr., Corporate Communication Studies, Amarillo, Texas

Logan Lee, Texas A&M, Sr., Kinesiology, San Antonio, Texas

Jon Plefka, Texas Tech, Sr., Human Development & Family Studies, New Britain, Conn.

Second Team(3.00 to 3.19 gpa)

Name, School, Class, Major, Hometown

Jeff Bergstrom, Iowa State, Sr., Finance, Kingwood, Texas

Chris Ceaser, Iowa State, Sr., Health and Human Performance, Humble, Texas

Jiri Hubalek, Iowa State, Jr., Liberal Studies, Prague, Czech Republic

Clent Stewart, Kansas State, Jr., Business, Tulsa, Okla.

Marcus Watkins, Missouri, Sr., Graduate Studies, Charlotte, N.C.

Taylor Griffin, Oklahoma, So., Zoology/Pre-Medicine, Oklahoma City, Okla.

Austin Johnson, Oklahoma, So., Undecided, Amarillo, Texas

Connor Atchley, Texas, So., Corporate Communication Studies, Clear Lake, Texas

Craig Winder, Texas, Sr., Education, Hebron, Md.

Beau Muhlbach, Texas A&M, Jr., Ag Leadership & Development, Lufkin, Texas

Dominique Kirk, Texas A&M, Jr., Ag Leadership & Development, Dallas, Texas

Acie Law, Texas A&M, Sr., Ag Leadership & Development, Dallas, Texas

Damir Suljagic, Texas Tech, So., Psychology/General Business, Tucson, Ariz.