AUSTIN, Texas - - Belmont University men's basketball junior Dylan Windler (Indianapolis, Ind.) has been named to the 2017-18 CoSIDA Academic All-America® Division I Men's Basketball Team, the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) announced Monday.
"All of us involved in the Belmont basketball program congratulate Dylan on this very signficant accomplishment," Belmont head coach Rick Byrd said. "The Academic All-America® award honors a player who stands out on the basketball floor and in the classroom and Dylan certainly met both criteria. It is great to add another name to the list of Belmont honorees during our NCAA Division I era."
The 6-7 guard/forward emerged as one of the top two-way players in college basketball this season. The Indianapolis, Indiana native ranks among NCAA leaders in double-doubles (15) and defensive rebounds (250) and scored in double figures of 31 games.
Windler, an All-OVC First Team selection and Mid-Major All-America candidate, posted a career-high 36-point, 20-rebound performance Feb. 17 vs. Morehead State, joining Marvin Bagley of Duke and Jo Lual-Acuil of Baylor as one of only three players in the nation to record a 30-20 game this season.
A three-time OVC Player of the Week and three-time Tennessee Sports Writers Association (TSWA) Player of the Week honoree, Windler ranks among OVC leaders in nine statistical categories, including fourth in scoring (17.3) and first in rebounding (9.3).
A two-time OVC Commissioner's Honor Roll recipient, Windler currently holds a 3.84 grade-point average in his chosen major of accounting.
This marks the 29th 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 16.
Windler joins Evan Bradds (2016, 2017), Wes Burtner (2001, 2002), Adam Mark (2002, 2003, 2004), Justin Hare (2007, 2008), Andy Wicke (2009), Scott Saunders (2011, 2012), J.J. Mann (2014) and Craig Bradshaw (2015, 2016) 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 2017-18 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 16
- Butler 10
- Iowa 8
- North Dakota State 8
- Duke 7
- Florida 7