St. Louis, Mo., January 30, 2014 – Washington University in St. Louis junior forward Matt Palucki was named to the 2014 Capital One Academic All-District Five Men's Basketball First Team, as announced Thursday by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
Palucki is the first men's basketball student-athlete to earn the honor since Ben Hoener in 2011, and the 19th in school history. A two-time Academic All-University Athletic Association (UAA) selection, he has a 3.65 grade point average while majoring in systems engineering.
Palucki has started all 16 games for the Bears at forward, and is averaging 14.9 points, 7.4 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game. He has scored in double figures in 12 of 16 games played, including a career-high 32 points in an 85-68 win over Webster University Jan. 4. Palucki ranks second in the UAA in free-throw percentage (.868) and three-point field-goal percentage (.475), third in rebounding (7.4), fifth in field-goal percentage (.532), sixth in three-pointers made per game (2.4) and 10th in scoring (14.9).
He has stepped up his play since UAA play began Jan. 11, averaging 19.4 points and 7.4 rebounds per game while hitting 16-of-29 (55.2 percent) from three-point range.
In order to be selected to an academic all-district team, a student-athlete must demonstrate success on the playing field and in the classroom, with academic and athletic achievements taken into consideration. The student-athlete must possess a minimum 3.30 cumulative GPA and be at least a sophomore in academic standing. Palucki will be eligible to be selected to the Academic All-America Team, which will be announced on Tuesday, Feb. 18.