Kansas City, Mo. - Saint Xavier University sophomore guard Julian Scott (Country Club Hills, Ill./Hillcrest) was named as an honorable mention selection on the 2008 NAIA Division I Men's Basketball All-America Team when the NAIA national office released the teams earlier this week. In addition, senior forward Jon Rudnick (Tinley Park, Ill./Ridgewood Baptist) was named a 2008 Men's Basketball Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete for his impressive work in the classroom during his academic career at SXU.
Scott led the Cougars in nearly every statistical category this season averaging team-highs of 15.0 points, 6.4 rebounds, and 4.3 assists over 31 of SXU's 33 games. He also shot a stellar 53 percent (165-for-312) from the field on the year. Rudnick started 30 of the team's 33 games and averaged 4.9 points and 3.3 rebounds. He also led the team in blocked shots with 40. In order to be named a Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete, student-athletes must have maintained a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and have achieved junior academic status at the nominating institution.
Saint Xavier had a great season posting a 24-9 overall record and finishing third in the extremely competitive Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) regular season standings with a record of 7-3. This marks the fifth time in the last six seasons that SXU advanced to the NAIA National Championships. In fact, since O'Malley took over the program in 1997, his teams have qualified for the national tournament eight of the 11 seasons and have achieved at least 20 wins in each of those seasons.Click here to go to the NAIA Men's Basketball All-America Team pageClick here to go to the Daktronics-NAIA Men's Basketball Scholar-Athletes page