Rohleder Repeats Academic All-Big 12 Selection

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Senior Brian Rohleder was selected to the Academic All-Big 12 First Team for the second consecutive year on Wednesday, as the league office announced its 24-member all-academic teams.

Rohleder was named to the league’s 14-member first team, which consists of those student-athletes who have maintained a 3.20 or better GPA. He is the sixth Wildcat since the inception of the Big 12 to earn Academic All-Big 12 First Team accolades twice and the first since Victor Ojeleye did on three occasions from 2010-12.

In head coach Bruce Weber’s tenure at K-State, he has now seen five student-athletes earned Academic All-Big 12 honors a total of seven times. The individual academic honor for Rohleder continues another solid academic semester for the Wildcats, as he was joined on the Fall 2015 Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll by seven teammates -- junior Austin Budke, senior Justin Edwards, junior Carlbe Ervin II, freshman Pierson McAtee, junior Mason Schoen, freshman Kamau Stokes and junior Zach Winter.

The academic honor is just another a long list for the 6-foot-3, 215-pound guard from Wichita, Kansas, who was recently one of six players named to the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-District 7 Men’s Basketball First Team. He is now eligible for CoSIDA’s Academic All-America team ballot, where first-, second- and third-team All-America honorees will be selected later this month.

An Academic All-Big 12 First Team selection as a junior, Rohleder has appeared in 22 games this season and 65 in his four-year career at K-State. He is averaging 0.1 points and 0.3 rebounds in 2.0 minutes per game.

A former walk-on, Rohleder was awarded an athletic scholarship for the 2015-16 season over the summer.

The mechanical engineering major and a product of Bishop Carroll High School has appeared on every Fall and Spring Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll since his freshman season in 2011-12, including earning a perfect 4.0 GPA during the Spring 2015 semester. A two-time President of the K-State Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and current student-athlete representative on the President’s Advisory Committee on Athletics, he has won or shared the team’s Keith Amerson Academic Award each of the past four years.

Nominated by each institution’s director of student-athlete support services and the media relations offices, the academic all-league men’s basketball team consisted of 19 first team members combined with 13 on the second team.  First team members consist of those who have maintained a 3.20 or better GPA, and the second team are those who have a 3.00 to 3.19 GPA.

To qualify student-athletes must maintain a 3.00 GPA or higher either cumulative or the two previous semesters and must have participated in 60 percent of his team’s scheduled contests.  Freshmen and transfers are not eligible in their first year of academic residence.  Senior student-athletes who have participated for a minimum of two years and meet all the criteria except percent of participation are also eligible.