ABILENE - Abilene Christian sophomore guard Parker Wentz Thursday was one of only five players selected to the Capital One Academic All-District 7 men's basketball team by the voting members of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
A native of Lubbock, Wentz' name will now be forwarded onto the national ballot as he looks to become the program's first Academic All-America since ACU Athletics Director Jared Mosley received this distinction in 1999. There are eight districts altogether and District 7 includes all NCAA Division I schools within Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas.
Joining Wentz on the Academic All-District team are Nebraska's Shavon Shields, Oklahoma State's Christien Sager and Phil Forte III and Montana's Jordan Gregory.
As a pre-dentistry/biology major with a 3.90 cumulative grade-point average, Wentz has made the ACU Dean's Honor Roll on three occasions and was selected as the ACU Athletics Student-Athlete of the Month in November of 2013. He also was tabbed to the Lone Star Conference Commissioner's Honor Roll last summer after finishing his freshman season ranked among the NCAA D-II leaders with 1.85 3-point field goals per game.
This year - which is his first as a D-I student-athlete in the Southland Conference - Wentz ranks first in the league with 2.4 3-point field goals made, seventh in 3-point field goal percentage (.414), 10th in minutes played (31.3) and 13th in steals (1.4 per game).
Since conference play began on Jan. 9, Wentz has played 37 or more minutes over the team's last five games. He tied his single-game high in scoring with 21 points in a 73-72 win against Central Arkansas on Jan. 18, a game in which he scored the game-winning basket on a goaltending call at the buzzer.
Wentz and the Wildcats (7-13, 1-5 SLC) are in action Thursday night at Stephen F. Austin hoping to snap a two-game losing streak.
The D-I Academic All-America team for men's basketball will be released Thursday, Feb. 20.
About the Capital One Academic All-America® Program
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/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director.
Since the program's inception in 1952, CoSIDA has bestowed Academic All-America® honors on more than 20,000 student-athletes in Divisions I, II, III and NAIA, covering all NCAA championship sports.
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