Conference USA Men's Basketball All-Academic Team Announced
March 6, 2014
IRVING, Texas - Two repeat winners are on this year's five-man 2013-14 Conference USA Men's Basketball All-Academic Team. Charlotte's Ben Cherry, the Florida Atlantic duo of Justin Raffington and Jackson Trapp, Vertrail Vaughns of North Texas and Rice's Austin Ramljak were honored for their achievements in the classroom and on the court. All hold a minimum 3.2 GPA and are a starter or key reserve for their team.
Ramljak repeats as a C-USA All-Academic Team selection. He was also the 2013 C-USA C-USA Men's Basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year and a member of the NABC Honors Court, as well as earning the C-USA Academic Medal and a spot on the Commissioner's Honor Roll. The team's leading scorer with 11.7 points per game, Ramljak ranks second in C-USA and in the Top 20 nationally with 83 three-pointers. He is riding a streak of 33-straight games with a three-pointer made, which is the second-longest in program history. A psychology major, Ramljak hails from Thousand Oaks, Calif.
Cherry is also a second-time recipient, earning honors last season as an undergraduate student at Tulane. As a graduate student in his hometown of Charlotte, he has played all 28 games for the 49ers with 25 starts. Like Ramljak, Cherry is also a threat from a distance, hitting three-pointers with a 46.4 percent efficiency. He graduated in May from Tulane with a degree in business marketing and is currently working on his master's in real estate finance and development.
Raffington and Trapp are both averaging more than nine points a game this season to rank third and fourth on the team. A native of Freiburg, Germany, Raffington has maintained a 3.48 GPA as an economics major and has made the school's Academic Honor Roll every semester since arriving on campus. The redshirt junior registered his first career double-double against Boston College with 15 points and 11 rebounds. Raffington now has nine double-doubles to his credit, including a string of six in a row to tie the school record for most consecutive games. Trapp has started 24 games this season for the Owls, and opened the season with a career-best 23 points. A native of Orlando, Fla., Trapp is a sophomore pre-business major.
Vaughns of North Texas rounds out this year's All-Academic squad. A transfer from George Mason, Vaughns is pursuing his graduate degree in digital marketing. He has played in 27 games for the Mean Green this season, with seven starts. Vaughns ranks ninth in the league for free-throw shooting (.800) in all games and sixth against conference foes (.841). The native of Mesquite, Texas, earned his undergraduate degree at GMU in integrated studies with a concentration in information in society.
Below is a complete list of the honorees, who will be competing in tonight's men's basketball regular season games before heading to El Paso, Texas, for the 2014 C-USA Men's Basketball Championship March 11-15.
2014 C-USA Men's Basketball All-Academic Team (*Repeat Selection)
NAME - SCHOOL - YEAR - GPA - MAJOR