Five men’s basketball players named to All-ACC Academic team Wednesday, May 27 2020 

By Cole Emery–

The University of Louisville men’s basketball team ranked among the top 10 percent in academic success in the most recent Academic Progress Rate data released by the NCAA on May 12. 

“We are extremely proud of the academic success our basketball program has achieved in the recent years,” Head Coach Chris Mack said. “The APR speaks to speaks to the achievement and retention of our student-athletes we are fortunate to coach.”

This marks the seventh time in the last eight years the men’s basketball team has received recognition from the NCAA Academic Performance Program. The only other school in the Power Five conferences to achieve this recognition in seven of the past eight seasons is Stanford. 

Collectively, the men’s basketball team attained a 3.0 GPA in 22 of the last 24 semesters. During the 2020 spring semester, the team achieved a 3.160 team GPA. Among the 16 players on the team, 10 of the student-athletes finished the semester with a 3.0 GPA or better. Junior Jordan Nwora and freshman Samuell Williamson successfully finished this past semester with a perfect 4.0 GPA. The Cardinals strive for academic success in the classroom and feels it will help them on the basketball court.

“We wholeheartedly believe the academic success has a direct correlation to athletic success,” Mack said. “Pushing oneself to do the best in every area speaks to character. You can’t win big if you don’t display character. We are extremely proud to have five All-Academic selections, and will continue to push our student-athletes in every way.”

Along with team success, the Cardinals also earned major individual academic awards over the past year. Nwora was named to the 2019 College Sports Information Directors of America, known as coSIDA, All-American second team. He is the fourth Louisville player to ever receive this honor. Nwora also earned his third straight All-ACC Academic Team honor.

Louisville and Pittsburgh were the only teams in the ACC to have five student-athletes named to the All-ACC Academic Team including Nwora, Williamson, Lamar “Fresh” Kimble, Ryan McMahon and Darius Perry. 

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Louisville Baseball’s Danny Oriente selected to CoSIDA Academic All-District Team Monday, May 18 2020 

By John McCarthy–

Danny Oriente of the U of L baseball team was awarded a position on the 2020 CoSIDA Academic All-District team on May 14. The former right fielder for the Cardinals completed his undergraduate degree this spring with a focus on sports administration. Oriente turned in a stellar 3.56-grade point average during his final semester at U of L.

Oriente’s effort towards academics mirrored his talents on the baseball diamond. The graduate was in the starting lineup for the Cardinals for three of his four years at U of L. Oriente always had an eye for the baseball, maintaining a .324 batting average throughout his 137-game collegiate career. His most notable moment with the bat was in the Cardinals’ 2019 playoff push when Oriente slugged for a .332 batting average to lead Louisville to the College World Series. Oriente was off to an excellent start in his final season at U of L. He connected for 16 runs batted in during the Cardinals 2020 campaign before the season was cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

CoSIDA, or College Sports Information Directors of America, focuses on the development of sports organizations at all levels. Their awards range from scholarships and grants to recognitions such as the nomination Oriente is receiving. CoSIDA recognizes the country’s best collegiate student-athletes for their perseverance in academics and athletics. Honorees for first-team All-District will move onto the CoSIDA Academic All-America ballot. Honorees for the Academic All-American team will be announced on Jun. 8 through Jun. 11.

Oriente was the first Cardinals baseball player to be named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District team since Colby Fitch back in 2017. Oriente is U of L baseball’s fifth nominee since the 2002 season.

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