Three Wildcats Named to Academic All-Big 12 First Team

Kent Urban

May 17, 2011

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State’s James Allen, Jason King and Kent Urban were named to the Big 12 Conference’s All-Academic first team Tuesday as the league released its list of 61 student-athletes who earned academic honors.

King, a redshirt junior, was one of just two players in the conference nominated with a 4.00 GPA, joining Baylor’s Kolt Browder.

Kansas State’s three selections marks the sixth-straight season under head coach Brad Hill that the Cats have placed at least three members on the first team. In Hill’s eight seasons at Kansas State, the Cats have collected 40 academic all-conference honors, including 31 first-team designations.

King, who was also an academic all-district selection earlier this year, earned the second Academic All-Big 12 designation of his career. A marketing major, King leads the team in eight offensive categories and ranks in the top 10 of the Big 12 in six areas.

Allen, a major in management information systems, is a two-time academic all-conference honoree after picking up second-team accolades last season. The junior closer is tied for the Big 12 lead with 15 saves this year and holds the Kansas State single-season and career (29) records.

A senior in entrepreneurship, Urban earned his first academic all-conference designation. The Seward, Neb., product has played in just 26 games this season after missing six weeks with a midseason injury.

Nominated by each institution’s director of student-athlete support services, the baseball academic all-league team consisted of 40 first-team members combined with 21 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.

Kansas State will play its final non-conference game of the season against Wichita State Tuesday evening at 6:30 p.m., at Eck Stadium. The game can be heard in the Manhattan area on SportsRadio 1350 KMAN. The Wildcats home finale is scheduled for a 6:30 p.m., first pitch Friday against Kansas at Tointon Family Stadium.