CHICAGO - Loyola University Chicago guard Clayton Custer (Overland Park, Kan./Blue Valley Northwest/Iowa State) has been selected to the Division I-AAA Athletics Directors Association (DI-AAA ADA) Scholar-Athlete Team, it was announced today. He is the first Rambler to be named to the DI-AAA ADA Scholar-Athlete Team since Ben Averkamp in 2012-13.
A finance major, Custer was one of 10 individuals selected to the DI-AAA ADA Scholar-Athlete Team. During the 2016-17 season, the redshirt sophomore guard averaged 11.6 points, 2.4 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.0 steals per game, while shooting 46.4 percent (129-for-278) from the field, 42 percent (58-for-138) from the foul line and 79.7 percent (55-for-69) from the free throw stripe to help the Ramblers to an 18-14 overall record.
Custer scored in double figures on 23 occasions, three times scoring 20 or more points. The 6-foot-1 guard tallied 19 points in a victory over Washington State at the Paradise Jam in November and also dropped in 19 points in a home game versus Wichita State. He scored a career-best 22 points, in only 19 minutes of action, in a 100-51 drubbing of IU Northwest.
Off the court, Custer was a three-time Missouri Valley Conference Male Scholar-Athlete of the Week selection in 2016-17 and was also a First Team MVC Men’s Basketball Scholar-Athlete pick.
Basketball players from all Division I-AAA ADA member institutions are eligible for this award. Each nominee was required to have a minimum grade-point average of 3.20 (on a 4.0 scale) in undergraduate study and have been an important starter or reserve with legitimate athletics credentials. Nominated student-athletes must have participated in at least 50 percent of the team’s games and must have reached junior academic standing at their institution.
The 2016-17 DI-AAA ADA Men’s Basketball Scholar-Athlete Team follows.
Evan Bradds – Belmont
Mike Crawford – Saint Louis
Clayton Custer – Loyola
Billy Garrett – DePaul
Brian Hand – UNC Asheville
Przemek Karnowski – Gonzaga
Nate Kratch – Santa Clara
Albert Owens – Oral Roberts
Kevin Vannatta – UNC Asheville
Nigel Williams-Goss - Gonzaga