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WSU hoops: 4 Cougs named Pac-12 All-Academic

A QUARTET of Cougar hoopers earned 2016 Pac-12 Men’s Basketball All-Academic honors, the conference announced Thursday, the most for Washington State in seven years.

Senior forward Junior Longrus (pictured above) and junior forward Josh Hawkinson were named to the Pac-12 first team for the first time.  Longrus earned his third straight academic accolade, while Hawkinson picked up his second consecutive honor. 

Redshirt junior center Valentine Izundu and sophomore guard Ny Redding (who is transferring) earned their first honors and were named to the second team.

Longrus and Izundu’s inclusion marks the first time a Cougar has been named to the all-academic first team since 2011 and the most since four Cougs were named first team in 2009. WSU’s four honorees led the conference this season and are the most for WSU since 2009.

A native of Oakland, Longrus will graduate in May with degrees in management operations and marketing. He started 14 of WSU’s 31 games this season, averaging 1.8 points and 2.3 rebounds per game.

Out of Shoreline, Hawkinson is majoring in business. He led the Pac-12 with 11.1 rebounds and averaged 15.4 points per game. He tied his own school record with 20 double-doubles and ranks third on WSU’s single-season rebounding list with 321 this season. He was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District Team in February.

A native of Houston, Izundu started 13 of the 23 games he played in this season, averaging 3.8 points and 2.2 blocks per game.

Redding, a native of Cleveland, started five of the 29 games he played in, averaging 1.2 points and 1.4 assists per game.

From the Pac-12:

2015-16 PAC-12 ALL-ACADEMIC - MEN’S BASKETBALL
First Team
Casey Benson, ORE, SO, 3.47, Journalism
Josh Hawkinson, WSU, JR, 3.30, Business
Junior Longrus, WSU, SR, 3.39, Management Operations/Marketing
Dorian Pickens, STAN, SO, 3.37, Undeclared
Brandon Taylor, UTAH, SR, 3.40, Psycology

Second Team
Stephen Domingo, CAL, JR, 3.15, Undeclared
Malcolm Duvivier, OSU, JR, 3.11, Business Finance
Valentine Izundu, WSU, RS-JR, 3.13, Social Sciences
Ny Redding, WSU, SO, 3.19, Undeclared
Thomas Welsh, UCLA, SO, 3.18, Undeclared

Honorable Mention
Marcus Callen, JR, STAN; Nikola Jovanovic, JR, USC; Sam Singer, JR, CAL.


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