TU Men’s Hoops Leads Nation with Four CoSIDA Awards
UPLAND, Ind. – Mason Degenkolb collected his third-straight CoSIDA Academic All-District honor recently and was joined by Ryan Robinson, James McCloud and Vincent Miranda, as Taylor led all men’s basketball programs across all collegiate levels with the four awards.
In addition to tallying the most honors of any men’s basketball program in the nation, Taylor took up four of the eight spots on the NAIA District II Team. The district consists of NAIA colleges in the states of Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee.
Degenkolb became a three-time CoSIDA Academic All-District selection based off his cumulative 3.81 grade-point average in accounting and standout numbers on the hardwood. The senior guard has scored a career-high 18.7 points per game so far this season, while climbing to sixth on TU’s all-time scoring charts with 1,898 points.
Robinson posted a 3.54 GPA in management on his way to the first CoSIDA Academic All-District recognition of his career. The senior point guard has climbed to tenth on TU’s scoring charts at 1,768, and has continued to fuel the Taylor offense with 15.9 points and 3.4 assists per outing, to go with a 42.6-percent rate from beyond the arc this season.
McCloud also earned the first CoSIDA Academic All-District nod of his career, boasting a 3.64 grade-point average in management and marketing. The junior forward is in the midst of his finest campaign with the Purple and Gold and is on pace to set career-highs with 6.5 points and 6.1 rebounds per contest.
Miranda rounds out the list of CoSIDA Academic All-District recipients for the Trojans with a 4.0 GPA in biochemistry. The junior guard is also enjoying a career year at TU, notching personal-bests with 9.2 points, 3.6 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.3 steals per showing through 29 games played.
Degenkolb, Robinson, McCloud and Miranda move Taylor’s total of CoSIDA Academic All-District honors to 26 for the 2019-2020 year. The group will advance to the ballot for the CoSIDA Academic All-America Team, which is set to be announced on March 12.
The CoSIDA Academic All-District award is designed to recognize student-athletes for outstanding achievements in the classroom, as well as on the court or field of play. In order to be eligible for the honor, an athlete must have a cumulative grade-point average of 3.30, must have reached sophomore status academically with at least one full year at their current institution and must have participated in over half of the team’s competitions as a key contributor during the current season.
Student-athletes are nominated for the award by their institution’s Sports Information Department and voted on by members of CoSIDA.