Herber Academic All-American Again

West Virginia University junior guard Johannes Herber has been named a first-team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

Herber, a native of Darmstadt, Germany, earns Academic All-America honors for the second year in a row. Last year as a third-team selection, he was the youngest student-athlete represented on any of the three teams. Herber carries a 4.0 GPA in political science.

"I'm honored to receive this award," says Herber. "It's rewarding and it tells me that I'm doing the right thing."

Joining Herber as first-team selections are Eric Castro (SMU, Sr.), Will Emerson (Mercer, Jr.), Chris Hill (Michigan State, Sr.) and Derek Winans (Southeast Missouri St., Sr.). Hill was tabbed Academic All-American of the Year.

Second-team selections are Turner Battle (Buffalo, Sr.), Erik Benzel (Denver, Sr.), Craig Forth (Syracuse, Sr.), Dan Grunfeld (Stanford, Jr.) and Neil Plank (Illinois State, Jr.).

The third team is made up of David Erbes (North Dakota State, Sr.), Christian Maraker (Pacific, Sr.), Dan Oppland (Valparaiso, Jr.), Chris Paul (Wake Forest, Soph.) and Dennis Trammel (Ball State, Sr.).

To be eligible, a student-athlete must have a minimum 3.20 cumulative grade point average on a 4.0 scale, be a starter or key reserve and have reached sophomore athletic and academic standing at his institution.

Created in 1952 by CoSIDA, the Academic All-America teams program is the premier, nationwide college scholar-athlete awards program. It recognizes 816 student-athletes annually in Division I, II, III and NAIA covering all NCAA championship sports.

ESPN The Magazine is in its first year as the exclusive corporate sponsor of the Academic All-America program.

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