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UVU basketball: Holton Hunsaker named to I-AAA Scholar-Athlete Team

By Clint Burgi

For the Deseret News

Published: Thursday, April 11 2013 1:45 p.m. MDT

CLEVELAND — Utah Valley University men's basketball junior Holton Hunsaker has been named to the 11th Annual Division I-AAA Athletics Directors Association Scholar-Athlete Team. Hunsaker, an accounting major, holds a 3.9 cumulative GPA and was also named to the Capital One District 8 Academic All-District Team in January.

"It's a wonderful honor for Holton to receive," UVU Director of Athletics Mike Jacobsen said. "He's a great young man and ambassador for the university and UVU Athletics. I'm happy to see him awarded for his all-around efforts."

UVU head coach Dick Hunsaker echoed Jacobsen's remarks.

"Holton puts a lot of time and work into his academics. He's very disciplined and organized with his daily schedule and study habits," Dick Hunsaker said of his player and son. "This is very nice for him to be recognized nationally and to be such a positive representative of Utah Valley University and our men's basketball program."

Hunsaker, also an Academic All-Conference performer, was named first-team All-Great West Conference in March after his successful season on the court. The point guard, who has started every game of his career at UVU, averaged 13.2 points and ranked fourth in the nation after shooting 90.4 percent from the free-throw line.

He was a three-time Great West Player of the Week honoree including after a 37-point effort in a game at Chattanooga in December where he tied a school record with eight 3-pointers made in the game.

To be eligible for nomination to the Scholar-Athlete Team, he/she must have reached a junior academic standing at their institution (ineligible athletics transfers are not eligible). To be eligible for the Postgraduate Scholarship, he/she must have completed eight semesters or the equivalent number of quarters at their institution. Preference was given to those on track to graduate in spring/summer 2013.

Additionally, from the Scholar-Athlete teams, one male and female student-athlete was selected as the Division I-AAA ADA Scholar-Athletes of the Year. Receiving the women’s honor was Amanda Hyde, a mathematics teaching major from the Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, with a 4.00 GPA; while the men’s award went to Kelly Olynyk, a business administration major from Gonzaga University, with a 3.53 GPA.

Clint Burgi is the assistant athletic director for sports information at Utah Valley University. For more information on Wolverine athletics, visit WolverineGreen.com.

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