June 5, 2013
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - In addition to finding continued 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. Volleyball is receiving the award for the eighth-straight season, while men's basketball is garnering its second consecutive honor.
The Boilermaker volleyball team also claims elite status on the court as one of only six Division I teams to reach the NCAA Sweet 16 six times in the last eight seasons. Purdue ended the 2012 season ranked 15th in the final AVCA Coaches poll, advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16 and finished the year 23-11, while remaining among the national Top 25 throughout the season.
Senior outside hitter Ariel Turner was named Capital One Division I Volleyball Academic All-America of the Year, Purdue's first such honor since Drew Brees in 2000. Turned and redshirt junior Rachel Davis garnered Academic All-District V honors, while six players earned Academic All-Big Ten acclaim in 2012. Turner also added first team Academic All-America, AVCA second team All-America, Senior CLASS Award finalist and unanimous All-Big Ten accolades to her Purdue résumé.
The basketball team posted a 16-18 overall record led by a talented, but young nucleus, and reached the College Basketball Invitational quarterfinals. Junior guard Terone Johnson earned third team All-Big Ten honors, while senior wing D.J. Byrd collected honorable mention accolades. Three Boilermakers were named to the Academic All-Big Ten team, bringing the program total to 35 under head coach Matt Painter.
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 2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11 and 2011-12 academic years.