Academic All-America For Tide’s Randolph

For the first time in program history, Alabama men's basketball has an Academic All-America. Senior guard Levi Randolph has been selected to the 2014-15 Capital One Academic All-America Second Team, it was announced on Thursday.

“We are extremely proud of and excited for Levi Randolph to be recognized as an Academic All-America and Alabama’s first honoree in the sport of men’s basketball,” Coach Anthony Grant said. “He has worked extremely hard from day one to achieve this goal and it’s great to see him realize it. Levi epitomizes what the term student-athlete is all about.”

For Randolph, who is the only player from the Southeastern Conference to earn the honor in the sport of men’s basketball, it was a goal he has been working toward since the moment he walked on campus.

“I can’t put into words how honored I am to earn the program’s first Academic All-American award,” Randolph said. “I would like to thank my family, coaches and teammates for their support during my career and helping push me – not just as a basketball player but as a student-athlete. It feels good to see the hard work I’ve put in both on and off the court has paid off and helped me achieve this goal. My father always told me that a person can stand on a book a lot longer than they can stand on a basketball ball and that’s just always something I’ve lived by.”

Randolph, the Tide’s senior captain, is a three-time Capital One Academic All-District IV First Team honoree and is the first player in program history to earn first team academic all-district first team honors in three consecutive seasons (2013, 2014, 2015).

A native of Madison, Randolph earned his undergraduate degree in marketing this past August, completing the requirements for graduation in just three years, earning 3.45 grade point average. He has been named to the Dean's List in five out of seven semesters (3.5 GPA or better). This past fall, the senior guard began taking graduate-level classes for a master’s in marketing, finishing his first semester of grad school with a 3.75 GPA. He is a three-time member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll and was unanimously voted by his teammates as the team’s captain this season. On the court, the 6-5, 208-pound guard has been equally impressive. Coming into Saturday’s game at Vanderbilt, Randolph leads the Tide in scoring (14.8 ppg), assists (2.4 apg), steals (1.4 spg) and minutes (35.1 mpg), while also ranking second in rebounds per game (5.0 rpg). He has played in all 129 games since arriving on campus, making 114 starts for his career. In all, 15 men’s basketball players from across the country earned the accolade, with five student-athletes each on the first, second and third teams.

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