June 14, 2012
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - In addition to finding success on the court, the Purdue volleyball and men's basketball teams received the NCAA Public Recognition Award for posting a multi-year academic progress rate among the top 10 percent of their respective sports.
The volleyball team's award is the seventh-straight for the team, while the honor is the first for men's basketball.
The volleyball team ended the 2011 season ranked 10th in the final AVCA Coaches poll. Purdue advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16 and finished the year 29-5, including a 16-4 second-place finish in Big Ten play. The 29 wins and 16 conference victories were the most by the Boilermakers since 1985, while the second place league finish was the program's best since 1987. By reaching the NCAA Regional Semifinals (Sweet 16) for the fifth time in the last seven years, Purdue became one of just nine schools in Division I to achieve the feat.
Six players garnered Academic All-Big Ten honors in 2011, while outside hitter Ariel Turner became Purdue's first double All-America honoree since 1984 with first team All-America and second team Academic All-America accolades.
The Boilermaker men's basketball team posted a 22-13 record in 2011-12, matching the program record with its sixth-straight 20-win season. Purdue also once again advanced to the NCAA Tournament in 2012, and are one of just 11 teams across the nation to earn a berth in each of the last six years.
Seven players garnered Academic All-Big Ten honors in 2012, bringing the program total to 32 under head coach Matt Painter. In 2010, former Boilermaker star and current Boston Celtics guard E'Twaun Moore was named a second-team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American.
The APR, now in its eighth year, measures the eligibility, retention and graduation of student-athletes completing on every Division I sports team. The most-recent APR scores are multi-year rates based on the scores from the 2007-08, 2008-09, 2009-10 and 2010-11 academic years.
As a group, Purdue student-athletes have achieved a higher cumulative GPA than the overall student body for 29 straight semesters through the fall of 2011.