CLEVELAND - UNC Asheville senior guard Matt Dickey is one of 22 winners of the 10th Annual Division I-AAA Athletics Directors Association Scholar-Athlete Teams that was announced today by the Division I-AAA Athletics Directors Association (DI-AAA ADA).
"The Division I-AAA ADA wants to congratulate this year's scholar-athletes for both their academic and athletics' achievements," stated Tim Hall, chair of the Division I-AAA ADA Scholar-Athlete Team Selection Committee and athletics director at the University of Missouri Kansas City. "Our Association is excited to have another platform which recognizes the outstanding accomplishments of Division I student-athletes."
Basketball players from all Division I-AAA ADA member institutions are eligible for these prestigious awards. Each of the nominees was required to have a minimum grade point average of 3.20 (on a 4.00 scale) in undergraduate study and have been a starter or important reserve with legitimate athletics credentials. He/she must have reached junior athletics and academic standing at the nominated institution (true freshmen, red-shirt freshmen and ineligible athletics transfers are not eligible) and have completed at least three academic semesters/five quarters at the nominated institution. Nominated student-athletes must have participated in at least 50 percent of the team's games listed on the nomination form.
Dickey, one of 11 men's basketball players to be honored, made the Big South All-Academic for men's basketball for the third straight season. He has a 3.30 GPA and is majoring in Health & Wellness. Dickey was the 2012 Big South Player of the Year and helped lead Asheville to the 2012 Big South Conference regular-season and tournament title plus the Bulldogs second straight trip to the NCAA Tournament where they nearly knocked off top-seeded Syracuse. This season he was Asheville's leading scorer with a 16.1 average and second on the team in assists (124), steals (50), and three-pointers made (62).
Men's Scholar-Athlete Team
Name Institution GPA Major
Luke Patrick Apfeld Vermont 3.82 English/Sociology
Ben Averkamp Loyola Chicago 3.77 Biology
Travis Bader Oakland 3.32 Communications
Taylor Darby Pepperdine 3.37 Integrated Marketing
Matt Dickey UNC Asheville 3.30 Health & Wellness
Walt Gibler Loyola Chicago 3.73 Psychology
Chase Hallam Denver 3.88 Accounting
Mick Hedgepeth Belmont 3.70 Accounting
Tony Meier Wisconsin Milwaukee 3.65 Business
Scott Saunders Belmont 3.84 Finance/Marketing
Adam Sollazzo East Tennessee State 3.72 Business Marketing