Ellis Named Big 12 Men’s Basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year
IRVING, Texas – Kansas junior forward Perry Ellis was named the 2015 Big 12 Men’s Basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year, in a vote of the league coaches, the conference announced Thursday.
This is the third year the Big 12 Men’s Basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year has been awarded and Iowa State’s Melvin Ejim was the recipient of the accolade the first two years in 2013 and 2014.
Ellis is a two-time Academic All-Big 12 member in addition to a 2012-13 Academic All-Big 12 Rookie Team honoree. The Wichita, Kansas, native, majoring in sport management, led Kansas in points (13.8) and rebounds (6.9) and was the only player in the Big 12 to rank in the top seven in both categories, earning All-Big 12 First Team recognition in 2014-15.
A Big 12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year is named in each of the conference’s sponsored sports. Each Big 12 institution nominates one individual per sport with the winners selected by a vote of the league’s head coaches for that sport. Scholar-Athlete of the Year nomination criteria includes: must be a junior or senior (athletic and academic standing); cumulative grade point average of 3.20 or higher; participation in at least 60 percent of the team’s scheduled contests; and minimum of one year in residence at the institution.
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