Gipson, Rohleder Named Academic All-Big 12 First Team

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Kansas State's Thomas Gipson and Brian Rohleder were among 32 players named to the 2015 Academic All-Big 12 First and Second Teams as announced by the league office on Wednesday.

Both players were named to the league’s 19-member first team, which consisted of those student-athletes who have maintained a 3.20 or better GPA. It is the first career academic all-conference honor for each player.

A senior majoring in family student and human services, Gipson is one of just seven Wildcats to rank in the school’s Top 15 in both career scoring and rebounding, as his 1,193 points place 14th all-time and his 673 rebounds are seventh in school history. He also ranks in the Top 10 in seven total career categories, including second in defensive rebounds (409), third in offensive rebounds (264), sixth in games played (128), seventh in rebounds (673) and free throws attempted (490), eighth in field goal percentage (53.1) and ninth in starts (92).

Gipson leads the Wildcats in six categories, including games played (29), starts (28), field goal percentage (54.3), offensive rebounds (49), free throws (119) and free throw attempts (156), while he is second in double-digit scoring games (16) and rebounding (4.9 rpg.) and third in scoring (11.1 ppg.). He has led the team in rebounding in 10 games, while has been leading scorer on eight occasions.

Gipson has been selected four times to the Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll.

A junior walk-on majoring in mechanical engineering, Rohleder has seen action in 42 games in his three-year career at K-State, including 16 games with one start this season. He scored a season-high 2 points in the win over Savannah State on Dec. 14, 2014, while he had 3 rebounds and 3 assists at TCU on Feb. 18.

Rohleder has been named to every Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll since the Fall 2011.

The individual academic honors for Gipson and Rohleder continue another solid academic semester for the Wildcats, as the two players were joined on the Fall Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll by Jevon Thomas and Mason Schoen.

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.