Four `Jacks Named Academic All-SLC


Senior Nikola Gajic was one of four 'Jacks to garner academic All-Southland Conference honors on Tuesday.
 
Senior Nikola Gajic was one of four 'Jacks to garner academic All-Southland Conference honors on Tuesday.

April 1, 2014

Southland Conference Release

FRISCO, Texas – Stephen F. Austin landed a league-high four Lumberjacks on the Southland Conference Men’s Basketball All-Academic teams, announced the conference office on Tuesday afternoon.

Jacob Parker, Desmond Haymon and Thomas Walkup were named to the first team, while Nikola Gajic was named to the second team.

Parker, a native of Bixby, Okla. (Bixby HS), was an automatic selection for his first team all-conference honors at the conclusion of the regular season. The 2013-14 SLC Player of the Year, who has maintained a 3.19 GPA in kinesiology, picked up his second academic honor of his career, also making the first team as a sophomore. He has also been named a candidate for the 2014 Lou Henson award and a member of the 2013-14 Lou Henson All-America team.

Parker, named to the USBWA (District VII) and NABC (District 23 First Team) all-district teams for his efforts, closed out the season averaging 14. 2 points and 7.1 rebounds per game, recording 10 double-doubles. The forward ended the season ranked among the conference leaders in several statistical categories, including fifth in offensive rebounds (2.5), seventh in rebounding (7.1) and free throw percentage (.799), eighth in field goal percentage (.538), 11th in defensive rebounds (4.6), 12th in scoring (14.2) and 14th in steals (1.4).

He scored in double figures in all but six of the team’s 35 games and scored 20 points or more six times, including a career-high 31 points at Marshall in November. Parker scored 22 points for SFA in the win over VCU and pulled down a career-high 13 rebounds against Northwestern State in January.

Haymon, a native of Pickens, Miss. (Sullivan HS), picked up his third academic honor of his career, holding a 3.10 GPA in kinesiology. The senior guard also garnered second team NABC Division I All-District and second team all-conference honors at the conclusion of the regular season. The 2013 All-SLC Tournament selection closed out the season averaging 14.5 points and 2.9 assists per game. Haymon leaves SFA as the school’s all-time winningest player in the Division I era and a member of the 1,000-point club.

Haymon led the team and finished 10th in the league in scoring (14.5) on the season, while his 2.9 assists were second on the team and 15th in the league. He scored two 30-point games, including a career-high 39 points coming at Lamar in February. He recorded 25 double-figure scoring performances on the season.

Walkup, a native of Pasadena, Texas (Deer Park HS), garners his second classroom honor and first first-team mark with a 3.14 GPA in management. Walkup, who averaged 13.1 points and 5.3 rebounds per game, was named to the league’s all-defensive team and a third-team All-SLC at the conclusion of the regular season. The 2014 SLC Tournament MVP scored four double-doubles on the season, with two coming in the team’s final two games at the second and third round games of the NCAA Tournament. Walkup scored in double-figures 26 times on the season, recording six games with 20 points or more.

Nikola Gajic, a native of Bratunac, Bosnia, was the final representative on the academic squad and lone on the second team for the ‘Jacks. Gajic, who averaged 9.6 points and 5.0 rebounds per game, held a 3.26 GPA in general business to pick up his first classroom honor. He closed out his career as one of the school’s all-time winningest player in a two-year span, joining Deshaunt Walker as the only two ‘Jacks to ever go undefeated at home in his career. Gajic recorded 15 double-figure scoring performances on the season, including a career-high 23 points against incarnate Word in February.

All four players volunteered at the Nacogdoches Boys and Girls Club and downtown’s annual Square on the Square in the fall.

The honors mark the fourth consecutive year in which SFA has placed a player on academic squad and the first time the ‘Jacks have placed four on the teams in program history.

The all-academic teams are voted on by the head coaches, sports information directors and academic advisors from each Southland Conference university. Student-athletes must possess a 3.0 cumulative GPA, have completed one full academic year at the nominating institution and participated in at least 50 percent of the team’s competition to qualify for the all-academic squad.

2013-14 Southland Conference Men’s Basketball All-Academic Teams

First Team

 

Name

University

Class

Hometown

GPA

Major

Kevin Hardy^,2

McNeese State

Jr.

Lake Charles, La.

3.42

Electrical Engineering

Parker Wentz*,1

Abilene Christian

So.

Lubbock, Texas

3.90

Biology

Jacob Parker1,2

Stephen F. Austin

Jr.

Bixby, Okla.

3.19

Kinesiology

Desmond Haymon3

Stephen F. Austin

Sr.

Pickens, Miss.

3.10

Kinesiology

Thomas Walkup2

Stephen F. Austin

Jr.

Pasadena, Texas

3.14

Management

 

Second Team

Name

University

Class

Hometown

GPA

Major

Kyle Hittle

UIW

So.

New Braunfels, Texas

3.65

Business Administration

Nikola Gajic

Stephen F. Austin

Sr.

Bosnia

3.26

General Business

Gary Stewart3

Northwestern State

Sr.

Vidalia, La.

3.51

Psychology

Ian Markoff

UIW

Gr.

San Antonio, Texas

3.88

Business Administration

Jake Kocher

A&M-Corpus Christi

Jr.

Austin, Texas

3.49

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^2013-14 Southland Men’s Basketball Student-Athlete of the Year
*Capital One Academic All-District
1Automatic selection
2Two-time all-academic selection
3Three-time all-academic selection

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