Two Named To Academic All-Big 12 Team

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Kansas State senior guard Chris Merriewether and sophomore forward Victor Ojeleye were among 12 players named to the 2010 Academic All-Big 12 Men's Basketball First Team as announced by the league office on Thursday.

Merriewether, a native of Jacksonville, Fla., was named to the first team for the second straight season.  Earlier this season, he was named to the Winter Chick-fil-A Community of Champions list.  He has seen time in 27 of the team's 28 games, averaging 0.8 points on 25 percent shooting with 1.4 rebounds and 0.3 assists in 8.6 minutes per game.  He and Luis Colon are the winningest senior class in school history with 90 victories.

A native of Ottawa, Kan., Ojeleye earns his first academic honor after joining the squad as a walk-on last year.  He has seen time in 17 games, averaging 1.7 points on 52 percent shooting with 1.5 rebounds in 7.1 minutes per game.  He scored a career-high nine points in the win over Fort Hays State on Dec. 1.      

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 12 first team members combined with nine 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 transfer 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.