Feb. 5, 2009
Eastern Washington University junior Benny Valentine has been selected to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District VIII men’s basketball team released Thursday (Feb. 5). The squad is selected by members of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
Valentine has a 3.40 grade point average as a business administration major after transferring from Texas Tech University. The qualifying standards include a minimum 3.3 grade point average at Eastern and be a significant contributor to the team.
"We’re proud of Benny and his efforts and success in the classroom," said Eastern head coach Kirk Earlywine. "To be honest, I expected no less from him when he came to Eastern. He was a good student in high school, junior college and at Texas Tech, so I had every reason to believe he would be an excellent student here as well."
A 2005 graduate of Omaha Central High School in Nebraska, Valentine currently leads the Big Sky Conference in scoring with a 16.4 scoring average. He and the four other members of the squad now advance to the national ballot, with the Academic All-America teams announced on Feb. 25.
Current Detroit Piston Rodney Stuckey won the same honor in both 2006 and 2007, and went on to earn third team Academic All-America honors in 2007. EWU’s other All-District VIII selections were Jason Humbert (2002) and Aaron Olson (2001).
The other four players selected included fellow Big Sky Conference player Matt Stucki from Idaho State. Also selected were Washington State’s Taylor Rochestie and Daven Harmeling, as well as Fresno State’s Nedeljko Golubovic.
The District VIII university division includes all NCAA Division I teams from nine western states, including Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Washington.
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