HILTON HEAD, S.C. - Georgia College & State University's Aaron Clark (Suwanee, Ga.) was named the 2007-08 Peach Belt Conference (PBC) Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year at a special awards banquet at the league's annual meetings. Clark and USC Aiken's Mandy Gerolstein, the female recipient, were chosen by the league's Faculty Athletics Representatives, who looked at information on each candidate and based their vote on 50% academic accomplishments, 30% athletic achievement and 20% leadership qualities. It is the first time that the league's highest individual award has taken into account all aspects of the student-athlete experience.
Clark graduated from Georgia College in the spring of 2008 with a degree in marketing which he completed with a 3.71 GPA. He was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District First Team. He became the first GCSU men's basketball player to be named PBC All-Conference in consecutive seasons since 2003. He averaged 13.1 points and 7.6 rebounds per game and was the second-leading rebounder in the PBC last season. He leaves GCSU with 1,467 points scored, fourth most in school history and is second on the school's all-time rebounding list with 847 which is also the third-most in PBC history. He is also on the school's top-10 career lists in games played, steals, assists and blocks.
Off the court, Clark had many diversified interests ranging from involvement with marketing major clubs on campus to a role on the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. He was a member of several honor societies including the Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Society, was involved in community service programs and served on the Deans Student Advisory Board. With his degree in hand, Clark is weighing several opportunities including a possible professional basketball career in Europe or becoming a part of his family's business.
The GCSU Department of Athletics sponsors 10 NCAA Division II athletic programs over three seasons. As a Division II program, GCSU prides itself on balancing the life of the student-athlete, evidenced by the Bobcats' multiple appearances in post-season competition as well as documented academic success and community-service involvement. Follow the Bobcats and their positive impact on the Milledgeville community at www.gcsu.edu/bobcats.