Cougs dominate Pac-10 All-Academic team

FOUR OF THE FIVE members of the Pac-10 First Team All-Academic squad are from Washington State. Cougar senior Daven Harmeling headlined the list with the highest GPA on the all Pac-10 team while Nikola Koprivica, Taylor Rochestie and Aron Baynes had the three next highest grade point averages. Placing four of five first-team representatives marked the most in WSU program history.

WSU lead all Pac-10 schools with its four honorees. It is also the third straight season Washington State has placed the most players on the first team all-conference academic list.

The other schools to have multiple honorees were California, with two second teamers, and Arizona State, with one first team and one second team selection.

Each of the last two seasons three Cougars have earned spots on the all-academic first team. Last year, WSU set a school record with five all-academic honorees -- Harmeling and Rochestie, along with Robbie Cowgill earned first team accolades with Baynes and Koprivica named to the second team.

Daven Harmeling is a health and fitness major with a 3.54 grade point average. He is a first team honoree for the third-straight year, becoming the third Cougar to accomplish that feat (Robbie Cowgill 2006-08; and Carlos Daniel, 1996-98). He played 30 of the Cougars' 33 games this season, with 18 starts. Harmeling averaged 3.8 points per game this season and ended his career ranked in the WSU career record books in 3-point field goal attempts (11th, 342), 3-point field goals made (12th, 124), and 3-point field goal percentage (16th, .363). He is a two-time ESPN The Magazine District VIII All-Academic honoree.

Nikola Koprivica is majoring in International Business with a 3.39 grade point average. This is the guard's second-consecutive all-academic honor after being named to the second team last season. He played all 33 games for the Cougars, starting 18 while averaging 21 minutes per game. Koprivica averaged 3.1 points, 2.4 rebounds and a team third-best 1.6 assists per game this season.

Taylor Rochestie is a communication major with a 3.37 grade point average. The redshirt senior earns Pac-10 All-Academic First Team honors for the second-consecutive season, having played three seasons for the Cougars after transferring from Tulane. Rochestie led the team in scoring and assists this season with 13.2 points and 4.5 assists per game, starting all 33 games. The 6-1 point guard holds the WSU season and career records for free throw percentage with a season mark of .891 and a career clip of .835. Rochestie holds six other top-20 career marks in the WSU record books. At the conclusion of this season, he was named to the All-Pacific-10 Conference First Team and became the second-consecutive Cougar to be named the men's basketball Pac-10 Scholar Athlete of the Year. This year he was named to the ESPN The Magazine District VIII All-Academic First Team.

Aron Baynes carries a 3.24 grade point average and is a movement studies major. The senior is an all-academic honoree for the third-straight season and makes his second appearance on the first team (2007). On the court Baynes started all 33 games for the Cougars this season, averaging a team-second-best 12.7 points per game. He led the team with 7.5 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game. He ended his career ranked 23rd in the WSU record books with 1,064 points. He also ranks in the career record books for field goal percentage (eighth, .546), rebounds (11th, 653), blocks (t-seventh, 93), blocks average (14th, 0.76) and free throws made (17th, 275).

MEN'S BASKETBALL Pac-10 All-Academic team
First Team
Aron Baynes, WSU, Sr., 3.24, Movement Studies
Derek Glasser, ASU, Jr., 3.14, Communication
Daven Harmeling, WSU, RS-Sr., 3.54, Heath and Fitness
Nikola Koprivica, WSU, Jr., 3.39, International Business
Taylor Rochestie, WSU, RS-Sr., 3.37, Communication

Second Team
Nikola Knezevic, CAL, Jr., 3.03, Interdisciplinary Studies
Rihards, Kuksiks, ASU, So., 3.07, Business Communication
Roeland Schaftenaar, OSU, Jr., 3.17, Pre-Business
Drew Shiller, STAN, Jr., 3.08, Communication
Jordan Wilkes, CAL, Sr., 3.13, Social Welfare

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