Averkamp Named Capital One Academic All-District V
Jan. 31, 2013
CHICAGO - For the second consecutive year, Loyola University Chicago senior Ben Averkamp (Germantown, Wis./Germantown) has been selected to the Capital One Academic All-District V Team it was announced this afternoon. Averkamp will now appear on the national ballot for the Capital One Academic All-America teams, which are scheduled for announcement in late February.
The 6-foot-8 forward and team captain is joined on the Capital One Academic All-District V Team by Aaron Craft (Ohio State), Cody Zeller (Indiana), Jordan Hulls (Indiana), and Andrew Smith (Butler).
Earlier this season, Averkamp became just the 19th player in Loyola history to accumulate over 1,000 points and 500 rebounds in his career and in last night's 76-65 win versus Milwaukee, he moved into a tie for 17th place alongside John Egan (1960-63) with 1,315 points. Through games of January 30, the 2011-12 Second Team All-Horizon League pick led the Ramblers in both scoring (15.5 ppg) and rebounding (6.7 rpg), and was also contributing 1.6 assists and 1.2 blocks per game.
One of only two players to rank among the top five in the Horizon League in both scoring and rebounding this season, Averkamp has scored in double digits on 16 occasions this year, four times posting 20 or more points. He totaled a season-high 27 points and added eight rebounds in a victory against Maryland-Eastern Shore on November 18, and in a 73-61 loss at No. 19 Michigan State put up 25 points and eight boards.
In addition to his accomplishments on the basketball court, Averkamp has also excelled in the classroom and epitomizes the term "student-athlete." Last season, he was named to the Horizon League Men's Basketball All-Academic Team, the I-AAA Men's Basketball Scholar-Athlete Team, the National Jesuit Men's Basketball All-Academic Team, the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Honors Court, and the Horizon League Academic Honor Roll. Twice this season, (November and December), he has been named Horizon League Male Scholar-Athlete of the Month.
The biology major is also the president of the Horizon League chapter of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC).
Averkamp and the Ramblers (13-8, 3-5 Horizon League) are back in action this Saturday (Feb. 2) when they host Green Bay at 1 p.m.