Kansas Trio Named to Academic All-Big 12 First Team
IRVING, Texas – Kansas men’s basketball seniors Perry Ellis and Evan Manning, and sophomore Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk have been named to the Academic All-Big 12 First Team, announced by the league office Wednesday.
Kansas’ three first-team members are the most of any Big 12 school this season, adding to KU’s league-leading 54 all-time Academic All-Big 12 honorees since the inception of the conference in 1996-97. Texas is second with 53. KU has 41 Academic All-Big 12 First Team honorees and 13 second-team selections. In the Bill Self era, Kansas has had 31 student-athletes named Academic All-Big 12, including 23 first-team honorees.
Ellis has been an Academic All-Big 12 member in each of the seasons he has been eligible for the honor. Named to the Academic All-Big 12 Rookie Team in 2013, Ellis was an academic all-league second team honoree as a sophomore and a first-team selection his junior and senior campaigns. Following his junior season, Ellis was named the 2015 Big 12 Men’s Basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year. He will graduate from KU in May with a sport management degree and a business minor.
Manning and Mykhailiuk are appearing on the Academic All-Big 12 squad for the first time in their careers. A Lawrence product who was a member of the 2013 Academic All-Rookie Team, Manning will graduate from KU in May with a degree in sport management and a business minor. A native of Cherkasy, Ukraine, Mykhailiuk is appearing on the team in his first year of being eligible for the accolade. He is a communications studies major.
First team members consist of those who have maintained a 3.20 or better GPA while the second team selections hold 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 their 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.
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