Coach Rick Pitino's 2013 NCAA Championship team also excelled academically.
Aug. 7, 2013
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The University of Louisville men's basketball program has earned the 2012-13 Big East Conference Team Academic Excellence Award, which recognizes the highest collective grade-point averages in each of the conference's 24 sports. It is the third consecutive year that the Cardinals have achieved the honor.
The winners were chosen based on the 2012-13 grade-point average of each student-athlete who appeared on an institution's roster as of the last contest of the championship segment in each conference-sponsored sport. Louisville's women's golf team also won the award. Bestowing the academic honors were among the final business for the 2012-13 season by the Big East Conference as it stood until conference shifting occurred on July 1.
In addition, eleven members of the Cardinals' basketball team were selected for the 2012-13 Big East All-Academic team including the following: Logan Baumann, Chane Behanan, Wayne Blackshear, Jordan Bond, Gorgui Dieng, Montrezl Harrell, Mike Marra, Mangok Mathiang, Zach Price, Russ Smith and Kevin Ware. A total of 280 UofL student-athletes attained the honor.
Major individual academic awards were also bestowed on UofL student-athletes as well over the past year. Peyton Siva was a Capital One CoSIDA Academic All-America second team selection and was named the 2013 BIG EAST Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Wayne Blackshear won the 2013 NCAA Men's Basketball Elite 89 Award, presented to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point average participating in the finals site for each of the NCAA championships. Russ Smith was honored with a 2013 Scholar Baller Academic Momentum Award, which is presented to an individual based on the level of academic improvement and the impact of that academic momentum.