Feb. 28, 2007
Eastern Washington University standout basketball player Rodney Stuckey added two more honors to his already bulging resume Wednesday (Feb. 28), including a third team selection on the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America team. The honor is chosen by members of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
Stuckey was also named Wednesday as a repeat selection on the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) All-District 13 squad. He was named to the second team after earning first team accolades a year ago.
He becomes Eastern's first-ever Academic All-American at the NCAA Division I level and just the 22nd in Big Sky Conference history. Eastern's Dave Henley earned Academic All-America honors in 1981 (third team) and 1982 (second team) when EWU was a member of NCAA Division II.
"We're very proud of him being recognized with both of these awards," said Eagle head coach Mike Burns. "We're most proud of the fact that he is an Academic All-American. He's obviously accomplished great things on the basketball floor, however, he's also kept his focus in the classroom. He has accomplished great things there as well."
Stuckey, a 2004 graduate of Kentwood High School in Kent, Wash., led Eastern to 30 victories in the past two seasons. He was the Collegeinsider.com Freshman of the Year and was the 2005-06 Big Sky Conference MVP and Freshman of the Year.
Earlier this season, Stuckey was selected to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District VIII first team for the second-straight year. An interdisciplinary studies major, Stuckey has a 3.34 grade point average through 10 quarters of work at EWU. The only other Eastern men's basketball players honored in the past on the All-District VIII team were Jason Humbert in 2002 and Aaron Olson in 2001.
Stuckey is ranked seventh in NCAA Division I in scoring with an average of 24.6 points per game after averaging 24.2 as a freshman. He has broken 10 school records and has a current career total of 1,438 points.
Stuckey is a sophomore athletically at Eastern but a junior academically. He couldn't play or practice the entire 2004-05 season due to NCAA academic eligibility requirements when he didn't fulfill core curriculum requirements coming out of high school.