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    SD Mines MBB: Heath Named To RMAC All-Academic 1st Team

    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. --- South Dakota School of Mines sophomore Jake Heath was named to 2017-18 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference  All-Academic First Team while teammates Logan Elers,Jack Fiddler, Triston Von Nieda, Troy Brady and Trey Smith all earned spots on the RMAC Honor Roll announced Wednesday by the League office in Colorado Springs, Colo.

    RMAC First Team All-Academic members were voted on by the conference's Sports Information Directors. To be eligible for consideration, a student-athlete must carry a 3.30 cumulative grade point average and must have been an active student at the institution for at least two-consecutive semesters or three consecutive quarters. Grade point averages are based on grades prior to the 2016 fall semester.

    Heath, a sophomore guard from Melbourne, Australia, has a 3.625 GPA and is an Interdisciplinary Sciences major. Earlier this season, Heath led the nation in three-point goals made percentage and is currently averaging 9.7 points per game.
    "Jake is an outstanding scholar athlete and an even better person," said Hardrocker men's basketball head coach Jason Henry. "He works hard both in the classroom and on the court and I'm proud of him and it is good to see his efforts are being awarded."

    Elers, who currently is the Hardrockers' leading scorer (13.4 ppg), is a Metallurgical Engineering major from Roturua, New Zealand with a 3.875 GPA; Von Nieda, a sophomore post player from Fort Collins, Colo., majoring in Mechanical Engineering, has a 3.81 GPA; Fiddler, a sophomore guard from Highlands Ranch, Colo., majoring in Mechanical Engineering, has a 3.625 GPA; Brady is a red-shirt freshman guard from Highlands Ranch, Colo., majoring in Civil Engineering, has a 3.596 GPA; and Smith, a red-shirt freshman guard from Senecaville, Ohio, majoring in Civil Engineering, is a 3.563.

    "We have a phenomenal group of young men this year both on and off the court," Henry said. "We all get to watch them play each week and we sometimes forget how talented and focused they are in the classroom as well.
    "I couldn't be more proud of these guys and our entire team on their efforts in the classroom as well with an overall team GPA above a 3.30 --- it's pretty special."

    Jason Anderson of CSU-Pueblo captures this year's Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC) Men's Basketball Academic Player of the Year award.

    The award winner, along with the other First Team All-Academic members, were voted on by the conference's sports information directors. To be eligible for consideration, a student-athlete must carry a 3.30 cumulative grade point average (GPA) and must have been an active student at the institution for at least two consecutive semesters or three consecutive quarters.
     
    All student-athletes that meet those requirements, but were not voted First Team, automatically qualify for Honor Roll.
     
    Anderson, a redshirt-sophomore center, is majoring in Business Management and holds a 3.88 GPA. The Colorado Springs, Colorado native has scored 210 points this season for the ThunderWolves, ranking fourth on the team. He is third in rebounds for the ThunderWolves, totaling 93.
     
    Colorado Christian and Fort Lewis had the most student-athletes land on First Team with two each.

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