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Hofstra’s Nesmith Named To I-AAA Scholar-Athlete Team

Apr 21, 2015, 3:07 PM EDT

Hofstra's Dion Nesmith

Hempstead, NY – Hofstra University graduate guard Dion Nesmith was named to the 13th annual Division I-AAA Athletics Directors Association Scholar-Athlete Team, it was announced today.

The 20 winners of the 13th Annual Division I-AAA Athletics Directors Association (DI-AAA ADA) Scholar-Athlete Teams were announced today by NACDA.

Nesmith averaged 11.1 points, 3.2 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game for Hofstra (20-14) in 2014-15. He played in all 34 games, making seven starts. His scoring average ranked fourth on the team, while he was second on the squad in assists and third in steals (46). His 49 three-pointers ranked fourth on the team.

Academically, Nesmith was named to the Colonial Athletic Association All-Academic Team this year. It marked Nesmith’s second consecutive season earning conference all-academic honors.

Nesmith, who earned his undergraduate degree in finance from Monmouth, has a 3.47 grade point average as he pursues an MBA in business analytics.

“Our Association congratulates this year’s scholar-athlete award winners,” stated Tim Hall, chair of the Division I-AAA ADA Scholar-Athlete Team Selection Committee and athletics director at the University of Maryland Baltimore County. “We pride ourselves in honoring deserving student-athletes who exemplify I-AAA athletics and this year is no different, as we recognize the scholar-athletes of the year and the postgraduate scholarship recipients for their outstanding accomplishments.”

Basketball players from all Division I-AAA ADA member institutions are eligible for these prestigious awards. Each of the nominees was required to have a minimum grade point average of 3.20 (on a 4.00 scale) in undergraduate study and have been a starter or important reserve with legitimate athletics credentials. Nominated student-athletes must have participated in at least 50 percent of the team’s games listed on the nomination form.  To be eligible for nomination to the Scholar-Athlete Team, he/she must have reached JUNIOR academic standing at their institution (ineligible athletics transfers are not eligible).  To be eligible for the postgraduate scholarship, he/she must have completed eight semesters or the equivalent number of quarters at their institution.  Preference was given to those on track to graduate in spring/summer 2015.

A special Review Committee of Division I-AAA athletics directors were responsible for selecting the winners. Completing this task were Committee Chair Tim Hall; Amanda Braun, Wisconsin-Milwaukee; Don DiJulia, St. Joseph’s; Gene Doris, Fairfield; Bill Hogan, Seattle; Bill Husak, Loyola Marymount; Phillip Hutcheson, Lipscomb; Chris King, UTPA; and Jean Lenti Ponsetto, DePaul.

About Division I-AAA ADA: Now in its 14th year, the Division I-AAA Athletics Directors Association’s mission is to enhance initiatives common to its Division I-AAA membership (the 99 Division I institutions that do not sponsor football), in particular, aspects related to their flagship basketball programs. For more information on the Division I-AAA ADA, please visit www.div1aaa-ada.com. The Division I-AAA ADA is administered by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA), which is in its 50th year. For more information on NACDA and the 14 professional associations that fall under its umbrella, please visit www.nacda.com.

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