March 28, 2012
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Big Ten Conference recognized a total of 616 student-athletes, including 51 Purdue athletes, on Wednesday, unveiling the 2012 Winter Academic All-Conference team. Purdue's list of scholar-athletes features 12 men's and women's basketball players, 34 men's and women's swimmers and divers and five wrestlers. To be eligible for Academic All-Big Ten selection, student-athletes must be letterwinners who are in at least their second academic year at their institution and carry a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or higher.
Purdue women's basketball senior Chelsea Jones was recognized as one of just three athletes conference-wide to carry an unblemished 4.0 grade-point average, joining Minnesota men's gymnast Nathan Fortunato and Nebraska wrestler Tucker Lane. Jones is a biology major with plans to attend medical school in the fall.
Women's basketball senior Brittany Rayburn earned Second Team Capital One Academic All-America honors this season, becoming Purdue's first women's basketball national honoree since 2001. Rayburn's accomplishments were plentiful on the court as well as she was named second team All-Big Ten, a finalist for the Lowe's Senior CLASS award and secured a place on the Naismith Player of the Year watchlist. Rayburn will represent Purdue tomorrow night (Thursday) at the NCAA State Farm Women's 3-Point Championship, the first Boilermaker to do so since 2007.
Men's basketball standout Robbie Hummel earned AP All-America honors this week, marking his second career honorable mention national honor in his distinguished career. Other recognition for Hummel this season included first team All-Big Ten honors, NABC All-District, USBWA All-District and he was named a finalist for the GEICO Player of the Year award and the Lowe's Senior CLASS award. Teammates Lewis Jackson and D.J. Byrd had their share of on-court accolades as well as Jackson was honorable mention All-Big Ten and a candidate for the Bob Cousy Point Guard of the Year award, while Byrd was named the Big Ten Sixth Man of the Year and earned honorable mention All-Big Ten honors.
Men's swimming and diving honorees Matt Friede and Ben Wachtel qualified for the NCAA Championships as part of a Purdue record-setting 200-yard freestyle relay squad, while Lauren Roth was a national qualifier for the Purdue women's swimming and diving team, advancing to NCAA's individually in the 500-yard freestyle with a school-record time.
Senior A.J. Kissel and sophomore Camden Eppert were both NCAA Championship qualifiers for the Purdue wrestling team, both earning automatic qualifying bids at the 2012 Big Ten Championships. Kissel is the seventh four-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree in Purdue wrestling history and the first four-time NWCA All-Academic honoree. He also matched the Boilermakers' career record with 47 pins, including a single-season record 19 falls in 2008.
The Boilermakers have at least 50 student-athletes on the winter Academic All-Big Ten list for the third consecutive season.
Men's Basketball (7)
Men's Swimming & Diving (14)
G. Daniel Michael
Women's Basketball (5)
Women's Swimming & Diving (20)