Miami’s David Thompson Named Scholar-Athlete of the Year
GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – Atlantic Coast Conference Baseball Scholar-Athlete of the Year David Thompson of Miami leads the sport’s All-ACC Academic Team, as announced today by Commissioner John Swofford.
One of five finalists for the 2015 Dick Howser Trophy, Thompson was voted to the All-ACC First Team following a stellar junior campaign in which he led the country in RBIs with 90 and tied for second with 19 home runs. One of only three players nationally to be named a unanimous First Team All-American, he led the Hurricanes to their first appearance in Omaha since 2008.
A junior third baseman from Miami, Florida, Thompson earned Dean’s List recognition during the spring semester and is working towards a Bachelor of Science in Education with a major in Sport Administration and a minor in Communications. He is the first Miami player to be named ACC Baseball Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
Eighten players were selected to the All-ACC Academic Team after previously being named to the All-ACC Team: Clemson’s Eli White, Steven Duggar, and Matthew Crownover, Duke’s Andy Perez, Florida State’s DJ Stewart, Louisville’s Kyle Funkhouser, Miami’s Thompson, Willie Abreu, Garrett Kennedy, and Bryan Garcia, North Carolina’s Benton Moss, NC State’s Preston Palmeiro and Andrew Knizner, Notre Dame’s Robert Youngdahl and Kyle Fiala, and Wake Forest’s Nate Mondou and Stuart Fairchild.
Five players – Crownover, Steward, Funkhouser, Thompson, and Mondou also collected All-America accolades. Georgia Tech’s Kel Johnson, Louisville’s Lincoln Henzman, NC State’s Brian Brown, and Notre Dame’s Sean Guenther were selected as Freshman All-Americans.
North Carolina’s Benton Moss earned his fourth career selection to the All-ACC Academic Team. Six other players were recognized for the third time.
The ACC Scholar-Athlete of the Year award was established in September 2007 to be awarded annually to the top junior or senior student-athlete in their respective sports. Candidates for the award must have maintained a 3.0 grade point average for their career as well as a 3.0 for each of the last two semesters.
To be eligible for consideration for the All-ACC Academic team, a student-athlete, regardless of classification, must have earned a 3.00 grade point average for the previous semester and maintained a 3.00 cumulative average during his academic career.
2015 ACC Baseball Scholar-Athlete of the Year
David Thompson, Miami
2015 All-ACC Academic Baseball Team
John Gorman, Sr., Boston College (Marketing)
Eli White, So., Clemson (Financial Management)
Steven Duggar, Jr., Clemson *** (Parks, Recreation & Tourism Management)
Matthew Crownover, Jr., Clemson *** (Sports Communications)