Score one for the smart kids.
It’s a good week for the Stanford men’s basketball team, which makes its first foray to the NCAA tournament Sweet Sixteen since 2008.
The Cardinal also had six players – including four starters – receive Pac-12 all-academic honors. Stanford accounted for a third of players who received academic recognition. Utah chimed in with five players who were honored. Here’s a look.
PAC-12 ALL-ACADEMIC – MEN’S BASKETBALL
Anthony Brown, Stanford, RS Jr., 3.26, Communication
John Gage, Stanford, Sr., 3.65, Economics
Robbie Lemons, Stanford, Sr., 3.65, Economics
Jeremy Olsen, Utah, RS Sr., 3.77, Accounting
Brandon Taylor, Utah, So., 3.71, Psychology
Angus Brandt, Oregon State, Sr., 3.19, Exercise and Sport Science
Chass Bryan, USC, So., 3.33, Business Mgmt., Marketing & Related Service
Junior Longrus, WSU, So., 3.22, Undeclared
Stefan Nastic, Stanford, RS Jr., 3.17, Psychology
Chasson Randle, Stanford, Jr., 3.24, African and African-American Studies
Dallin Bachynski, Jr., Utah; Ben Carter, So., Oregon; Renan Lenz, Sr., Utah; Omar Oraby, Sr., USC; Dwight Powell, Sr., Stanford; Olaf Schaftenaar, So., Oregon State; Kaleb Tarczewski, So., Arizona; Dakarai Tucker, So., Utah.
To be eligible for selection to the Pac-12 academic team, a student-athlete must have a minimum 3.0 overall grade-point average and be either a starter or significant contributor.