Hoosiers place four on Big Ten academic all-conference team

  • 03/26/2014 4:46 pm in

Indiana was among the Big Ten leaders with four academic all-conference selections, the league announced on Wednesday. Here’s the full release from IU Athletics:

The Big Ten Conference on Wednesday recognized four members of the Indiana University men’s basketball team on its 2013-14 Academic All-Conference team. Senior Jeff Howard, senior Taylor Wayer, sophomore Jonny Marlin and sophomore Peter Jurkin were honored. Since 2010, IU has been represented 27 times, which is tied with Northwestern for the most in the league during that span.

The list of honored student-athletes features 34 men’s basketball players from the 12 member schools. To be eligible for Academic All-Big Ten selection, student-athletes must be letterwinners who are in at least their second academic year at their institution and carry a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or higher.

“I don’t think there is any question that you have to be a true student athlete at Indiana University,” said IU Coach Tom Crean. “Marni Mooney deserves the bulk of the credit for keeping our guys on task daily. When you measure our APR, record of graduating players and the academic awards and honors our players have received recently, we believe we are as strong in this area as anyone in the country.”

Other Hoosiers who have earned this distinction at least once in the last five years include Cody Zeller, Victor Oladipo, Jordan Hulls, Derek Elston, Matt Roth, Daniel Moore, Kory Barnett, Tom Pritchard, Brett Finkelmeier, and Tijan Jobe.

During Crean’s tenure, 21 players will have completed their degree requirements by this summer, and five have gone on to leave with master’s degrees. Last summer, the NCAA recognized the IU men’s basketball program with an APR Public Recognition Award, which is given to high-performing teams that posted multiyear APRs in the top 10 percent of all squads in their particular sports. The Academic Progress Rate is a real-time measure of eligibility and retention of student-athletes competing on every Division I sports team. IU had a perfect score of 1,000.

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  • FeatheryOne

    Great job Hoosiers. Tied with Northwestern since 2010. Very impressive and way to represent!

  • BluegrassHoosier

    Must be an inverse relationship between grades and playing time.

  • Lean Blitz


    (In the list of past honorees, that is.)

  • IUfanPurduePhD

    Tijan Jobe? TIJAN JOBE!

  • inLinE6

    Great job, Peter. I just hope he can spend as much time in Cook hall as he did in the classroom.

  • MillaRed

    Ha ha . 3 walk ons and a bench warmer. Sorry that’s funny.

    Seriously congrats to all of our Hoosiers. They are all loved equally.

    I’m not going to insert the low bball IQ argument in here anywhere. Wouldn’t be prudent…………

  • RUTuffEnuff

    Amongst all the CTC bashing that’s taken place and the recent epidemic of transfers, we can’t forget just what kind of academic fiasco CTC inherited from Kelvin Sampson. He has placed a very high emphasis on academics as is evident by the number of players mentioned above, not to mention all of the players he’s recruited who have obtained their degrees several of whom in less than the typical 4-year period. For that we do owe him our sincere appreciation.

  • Shaggy_C

    While I’d love to see a few more scholarship players on that list, none of the freshmen or transfers were eligible, so that cut down seven right off the bat. Our remaining five included Hollowell, ‘Party Time’ Perea, and early-senioritis-inflicted Austin Ethrington, so no surprises there. But I must admit I’m a bit disappointed in Will Sheehey not making the cut – his name is usually synonymous with the Zeller, Oladipo, and Hulls era, which was known for its excellence both on the court and off.

  • Hoosier Hall

    …at this juncture. Lol! I always picture Dana Carvey when I hear that!

  • SCHoosier

    And why do you think you see all those white guy walk ons at the end of the bench..surely it couldn’t be to lift the entire teams GPA??? The elelphant in the room…but he eats a lot.

  • Alford Bailey

    Not gunna doit

  • I always hoped Tom Crean would of shared a similar senior night moment as Pat Knight and Bob Knight did. “Tijan…you are…my all-time favorite….Indiana player.”

  • MillaRed

    Ha ha. Proud of you for going there.

  • Knuckledrager

    milla after reading your…thread on the premium site I wanted to see for myself if people were being unfair to you over here. Everything I’ve read is a dig at IU in some way. Whatever attempt I was making at being fair minded is gone. (I hope this galls your a$$, but) Go Hoosiers.

  • Chappy Dan

    Surely this is inappropriate.

  • iubase

    Congrats to all these players. I know how hard it is to do both sports and academics well at IU. Would like to hear more about Peter. This kid has overcome some serious hurdles in his life.
    PJ may be a surprise in the next yr. If the kid is this smart than maybe we will see this type of development on the floor as well. Education comes first and I am glad we are setting the example.

  • MillaRed

    I must admit, I have no idea what you are trying to say. Are you saying I am saying bad things about Indiana University? The players (who I have defended all week) the program? If so can you point them out? Or is this a compliment? Sorry I just don’t get it.

    I love Indiana and the players. So……..

  • David Yaraschefski

    Long Live Tijan.

  • Paul

    Great to hear that Peter is making the most of his scholarship with things not working out on the court.

  • WhatsUpKnight

    finally some good news. by the way, who’s the guy in the picture? doesn’t look familiar.

  • CreanFaithful

    wouldn’t be prudent…

  • hoosierfan2336

    Awesome to hear. This should have a ton more comments than it has and should not be overlooked. Academic success and integrity has been a huge part of Indiana basketball, that success went missing for a few years, but Crean and the players deserve credit for all their work in getting back to the STUDENT-athlete model that we have prided ourselves in.

  • MPmike B

    Good job! It would be nice if P-Jurk can have some success on the court too. Injuries or not. I don’t understand why he is not seeing the court?

  • gman

    What exactly do you mean by that statement? Just curious…