SEWARD, Neb. – Named academic all-district on Feb. 5, sophomore Chandler Folkerts was elevated to the Capital One Academic All-America® Men’s Basketball College Division second team, as announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) on Monday.
CoSIDA: “The Capital One Academic All-America® Men’s Basketball Teams have been released to recognize the nation’s top student-athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom. Capital One has been the entitlement rights holder to CoSIDA’s Academic All-America teams programs since 2011.”
An agricultural engineering major, Folkerts is a first-time academic All-America honoree. With a GPA of 3.99, Folkerts excels in the classroom in addition to being one of the GPAC’s top post players. The native of Milford, Neb., is the only freshman or sophomore to appear on either first or second team (see below). This season Folkerts is averaging career highs in 15.6 points, 7.5 rebounds, 1.3 steals and 1.3 blocks. Named the NAIA Division II national player of the week on Jan. 6, Folkerts ranks sixth nationally in field goal percentage (.622).
Folkerts joins both Brendan Buchanan (soccer) and Rachel Mussell (soccer) as other Bulldog student-athletes to be named academic All-Americans in 2014-15. In addition, Adam Meirose (football), Bailey Morris (basketball) and Melissa Stine (soccer) received academic all-district recognition.
Folkerts and the Bulldogs (16-14, 9-11 GPAC) begin postseason play on Wednesday when they travel to play second-seeded Dakota Wesleyan (27-3, 17-3 GPAC). Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. from Mitchell, S.D.
Capital One 2014-15 Academic All-America Men’s Basketball Team (College Division)
Trae Bergh, Dakota Wesleyan, Jr.
Zach Miller, Bethel (Ind.), Sr.
Bryan Redic, Mount Vernon Nazarene, Sr.
Matt Schauss, Bethel (Ind.), Sr.
Tony Smit, Cardinal Stritch, Sr.
Chandler Folkerts, Concordia (Neb.), So.
Zach Rockers, Columbia (Mo.), Jr.
Tanner Sutton, Columbia (Mo.), Sr.
Eric Thompson, Southern Oregon, Sr.
Tim Weber, Southern Oregon, Sr.