Towson, Md. – For the second straight season, Saint Xavier University senior guard Brad Karp (Valparaiso, Ind./Valparaiso) headlined the Capital One Academic All-America® College Division Men's Basketball Team as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) when the teams were released Monday. The Capital One College Division Academic All-America® basketball teams are comprised of student-athletes from both divisions of the NAIA as well as Canadian and two-year institutions. Karp was chosen as the winner of the Capital One Academic All-America® Team Member of the Year award for the men's basketball team out of nine players who earned a spot on either the first or second team (five players per team). Last year, Karp earned the same distinction and, as a sophomore, earned a spot on the Capital One Academic All-America® College Division Second Team.
Karp is majoring in biology at Saint Xavier University and carries a 3.56 cumulative grade-point average (GPA). He currently leads the Cougars in scoring and rebounding this season averaging 26.7 points and 8.2 rebounds per game. He ranks fourth in NAIA Division II in scoring average, sixth in steals per game (2.6) and eighth nationally in field goal percentage (.614). In addition, Karp has been named the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) Player of the Week six times out of 15 weeks this season. He has led the No. 5 ranked Cougars to a 24-4 record this season. Karp has earned NAIA All-American second team honors each of the last two seasons. A three-time All-CCAC first team honoree, Karp also became Saint Xavier's all-time leading scorer on January 15, 2014, breaking the 36-year-old record of 2,517 points set by Mike Walaszek in 1978. For his career, he currently has 2,748 points and 997 rebounds.
"As excellent as Brad is as a basketball player, he is equally as impressive as a student and person," said Saint Xavier University men's basketball coach Tom O'Malley
. "He excels at everything he works towards and is a great example for his teammates and for young athletes everywhere. This award is extra special, because it combines and showcases his efforts both on the court and in the classroom. For Brad to earn this achievement each of the last two seasons is a testament to his hard work and dedication."
Joining Karp on the 2013-14 Capital One Academic All-America® College Division Men's Basketball First Team were graduate student Michael Greene from Northwest University (Wash.), senior Trevor Johnson from Nebraska Wesleyan University (Neb.), senior Nick Reed from Doane College (Neb.) and senior Danny Rudeen from Morningside University (Iowa). Greene joined Karp as a repeat first team honoree, while Reed and Johnson move up to first team after earning second and third team recognition last season, respectively.
Since the program's inception in 1952, CoSIDA has bestowed Academic All-America honors on more than 15,000 student-athletes in Divisions I, II, III and NAIA, covering all NCAA championship sports. For more information about the Academic All-America® Teams program, please visit www.cosida.com.