NASHVILLE, Tenn. - - Belmont University men's basketball senior Craig Bradshaw (Ridgetop, Tenn.) and junior Evan Bradds (Jamestown, Ohio) have been named to the 2015-16 CoSIDA Academic All-America® Division I Men's Basketball Team, the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) announced Thursday.
"Perhaps the most significant honor a basketball player can receive is to be named Academic All-American, as it requires excellence on the floor and in the classroom," Belmont head coach Rick Byrd said. "All of us involved in the Belmont Basketball program are very proud that our university has two selections this season, and appreciate Craig and Evan's dedication to both sides of the student-athlete equation."
Bradshaw, who has taken a leading role in Belmont's championship tradition and status as a national mid-major fixture, ranks among the most accomplished perimeter players in the nation.
A three-time All-OVC selection, Bradshaw has earned Mid-Major All-America and NABC All-District honors during his Bruin career.
Among Belmont's NCAA Division I era career leaders in points (1,661), assists (326), steals (153), and three-point field goals made (245), the 6-3 guard has 85 double figure scoring games to his credit and ranks among Ohio Valley Conference leaders in seven statistical categories, including first in three-point field goals per game (2.8) and seventh in scoring (16.3).
During his sophomore and junior seasons, Bradshaw scored 1,099 points; fourth-most nationally among returning seniors.
The Ridgetop, Tennessee native was named one of the top mid-major players in America by USA Today and a national Top 100 player by CBSSports.com.
Bradshaw was a CoSIDA Academic All-America® selection a year ago, becoming the fifth Belmont men's basketball player to earn the distinction two or more times.
In addition, Bradshaw is a two-time CoSIDA Academic All-District selection, the 2014-15 Division I-AAA Athletics Directors Association (DI-AAA ADA) Men's Basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year, and three-time OVC Commissioner's Honor Roll designee.
He currently holds a 3.47 grade-point average in his chosen major of public relations.
For Bradds, who was named OVC Player of the Year Tuesday, this marks the latest honor in his decorated career.
The Jamestown, Ohio native leads the nation in field goal percentage (.707) after pacing the country in that category a year ago. In fact, through 98 career games, Bradds' field goal percentage (.686; 490-of-714) ranks first in NCAA Division I men's basketball since the statistical category was first tracked in 1948.
Bradds recorded 25 double figure scoring games, with 11 games of 20 or more points. Aside from field goal percentage, the 6-7 forward also ranks among national leaders in double-doubles (14).
A three-time OVC Player of the Week honoree, Bradds averaged 20.1 points and 10.6 rebounds per game during the month of January. Bradds was named to the Lou Henson Award Midseason Watch List - an award presented annually to the top mid major player in college basketball.
Bradds ranks among OVC leaders in five statistical categories, including fourth in scoring (17.3) and second in rebounding (9.6).
During non-conference play, Bradds was an integral part of notable Bruin victories over Marquette and Valparaiso, among others. He also earned Legends Classic Subregional Most Valuable Player honors after making 22 consecutive field goal attempts during a three-game stretch.
In the classroom, Bradds is also a two-time CoSIDA Academic All-District selection and a two-time OVC Commissioner's Honor Roll designee.
He currently holds a 3.53 grade-point average in his chosen major of finance.
Bradshaw and Bradds become the latest in a long line of Bruin student-athletes to earn Academic All-America® honors.
This marks the 23rd and 24th time a Belmont student-athlete has received Academic All-America honors.
In fact, Belmont men's basketball leads the nation in CoSIDA Academic All-America® selections since 2000-01 with 14.
Bradshaw and Bradds join Wes Burtner (2001, 2002), Adam Mark (2002, 2003, 2004), Justin Hare (2007, 2008), Andy Wicke (2009), Scott Saunders (2011, 2012) and J.J. Mann (2014) so honored.
To be eligible for Academic All-America® consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his current institution and be nominated by his media relations' director.
For a complete listing of the 2015-16 Academic All-America® Division I Men's Basketball Team, log onto www.cosida.com.
CoSIDA Academic All-America® Selections, Men's Basketball Since 2001
- Belmont 14
- Butler 10
- Iowa 8
- Duke 7
- Florida 6
- North Dakota State 6