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Iowa’s Kathleen Doyle and Michigan State’s Xavier Tillman receive second-team recognition
ROSEMONT, Ill. — University of Iowa senior guard Kathleen Doyle and Michigan State University junior forward Xavier Tillman both earned second-team Academic All-America honors, it was announced Monday by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
A native of La Grange Park, Ill., Doyle is a double major in journalism & mass communications and Spanish and maintains a 3.83 cumulative GPA. She was also a 2018-19 Big Ten Distinguished Scholar and is a two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection.
On the court, Doyle was named the Big Ten Player of the Year and a unanimous first-team All-Big Ten honoree last week after averaging 18.1 points per game (fourth in the Big Ten) and 6.3 assists per game (first in the Big Ten/seventh in the nation) with a 1.6 assist/turnover ratio (ninth in the Big Ten). Doyle, who was selected Tuesday as one of five finalists for the Ann Meyers Drysdale Award as the nation’s top shooting guard, has helped the Hawkeyes to a 23-7 record and a third-place finish in the Big Ten standings with a 14-4 mark as Iowa looks ahead to next Monday’s NCAA Tournament selection announcement.
Tillman hails from Grand Rapids, Mich., and is studying communication at MSU, where he carries a 3.63 cumulative GPA. He also earned Academic All-Big Ten accolades last season.
On Monday, Tillman was chosen as the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year and a second-team all-conference selection, a year after being named the Big Ten Sixth Player of the Year. This season, he averages 13.7 points, 10.4 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.1 blocks per game, the first NCAA Division I men’s basketball student to reach those averages since Wake Forest’s Tim Duncan in 1996-97. Tillman also is the only Big Ten student this season to appear among the top 15 in the conference in points, rebounds, assists and blocks. He has paced the Spartans to a 22-9 record and a share of the Big Ten title with a 14-6 conference record heading into this week’s Big Ten Tournament in Indianapolis.
With Doyle’s Academic All-America selection on Monday, the Big Ten has now had at least one women’s basketball student earn Academic All-America honors in eight of the past nine years, including two-time Academic All-American of the Year Ally Disterhoft of Iowa in 2016 and 2017.
Tillman is the first Big Ten men’s basketball student to receive Academic All-America recognition since Purdue’s Caleb Swanigan was a second-team honoree in 2017, and he is the first Michigan State men’s basketball student accorded that distinction since 2008, when Drew Neitzel was also a second-team selection.