Liberty-Benton graduates Aaron Craft and Amanda Hyde have been honored for their work on the basketball court and in the classroom by being named to the Capital One Academic All-America Division I men and women’s basketball first teams.
Craft, a senior at Ohio State, was a repeat selection as the Academic All-American of the Year in men’s basketball.
Craft, a three-time first team Academic All-American honoree, has built an impressive resume both as a student-athlete.
Likely to add to his run on Ohio State and Big Ten academic awards this year following the season, he is a three-time Ohio State scholar athlete, a two-time academic All-Big Ten selection and was honored at the 2012 Final Four as the Elite 89 winner for the highest grade-point average among Final Four participants.
Craft will leave Ohio State with his name listed throughout the basketball record book. He currently is No. 1 in both all-time assists and steals and is among the Top 50 all-time leading scorers. He is atop the Big Ten in career steals (317) since the NCAA began tracking the statistics in 1985-86. He also is No. 7 in career assists with 653.
Hyde, a senior at Indiana Purdue Fort Wayne is the first athlete from the school to be selected for the first team award.
A three-year starter as a guard and forward, Hyde is a mathematics major.
She is averaging a career-high 21.2 points and 5.0 rebounds per game this year and was named as the Summit League Player of the Year in 2012-13.
Earlier this season, she became just the seventh player in IPFW history to score 1,500 career points, and currently ranks sixth in school history with 1,535 points. Hyde also ranks in the top-10 in IPFW history in eight other categories including free throw percentage, assists, three-pointers, and steals.
To be eligible for Academic All-America consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative GPA 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.
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