NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Belmont senior Dylan Windler has been announced as Male Scholar Athlete of the Year and a member of the 10-player Scholar Athlete Team by the Division I-AAA Athletics Directors Association (DI-AAA ADA).
"On behalf of the Division I-AAA Athletics Directors Association, I would like to congratulate the recipients of the Scholar-Athlete of the Year awards and those who have earned a postgraduate scholarship," said Mary Ellen Gillespie, current Division I-AAA ADA President and athletics director at the University of Hartford "These outstanding student-athletes are incredible people who lead in the classroom, in competition and in their communities. They are role models and demonstrate exactly what we mean by student-athlete. We are proud to present them with our highest recognition."
Basketball players from all Division I-AAA ADA member institutions were eligible for these prestigious awards. Each nominee was required to maintain 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. Nominees must have participated in at least 50 percent of their team's games and reached junior academic standing at their institution.
Windler (Indianapolis, Ind.) owns a 3.74 GPA and will graduate with a degree in accounting this May.
The 6-8 guard/forward emerged as one of the top two-way players in college basketball. Windler posted 36 career double-doubles, including in 11 of his final 15 games as a Bruin. He ranked among OVC leaders in 10 statistical categories, namely third in scoring (21.3) and first in rebounding (10.9) – a category he led for a second consecutive season.
Windler was the only player in America who averaged at least 20.0 points, 10.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game.
He led Belmont (27-6) to 94 victories and three conference championships in his three-plus seasons, including Power 5 victories over UCLA, Georgia and Vanderbilt. Windler capped his career by helping the Bruins earn their first ever NCAA Tournament victory with a win over Temple this season.
"Once again, our association is excited to announce this year's men's and women's basketball Scholar-Athlete Teams and Awards recipients," said Division I-AAA ADA Scholar-Athlete Team Selection Committee Chair and University of Portland Vice President for Athletics, Scott Leykam. "This was an extremely deep pool of nominees with many deserving winners. Our sincere congratulations to all of those who have been honored.