Bobcats Land Two on PBC Men’s Basketball All-Academic Team

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MARTINEZ, Ga. – Tying for the most from any school on the squad, the Georgia College & State University men’s basketball team put two student-athletes on the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) Men’s Basketball All-Academic Team, the conference office announced recently.

Junior forward Josh Hurst (Athens, Ga.) and sophomore frontcourt mate Ryan Aquino (Roswell, Ga.) both landed spots on the six-member team.

This was the second appearance for Hurst after being selected to the first team as a sophomore in 2009. Hurst owns a 3.39 GPA in management, tying for third highest among the six players listed. The junior also started all 28 games for the Bobcats, averaging 7.9 points and 6.6 rebounds per game.

Aquino makes his first appearance in his first year of eligibility as a sophomore. He owns a 3.26 GPA in math with a minor in health education. The sophomore joined the starting lineup halfway through the year, averaging 5.7 points and 6.0 rebounds per contest, helping fuel the team’s 12-game win streak at one point.

Lander University tied for the lead with two players as well with Columbus State University and USC Aiken bringing in one spot apiece. CSU senior Nick Gagnon owns the highest GPA of the bunch at 3.92 in sociology.

The Bobcats have now put five total players on the PBC academic team in two seasons.

The 2009-10 season was another successful one for Peach Belt Conference (PBC) West Division Champions Georgia College, making the sixth trip in school history to the NCAA Tournament. The 22 wins by the Bobcats marks the 11th time in school history GCSU has reached the 20-victory plateau. Seniors Graham Martin (Marietta, Ga.) and Ty Rowland (Lilburn, Ga.) were honored for their efforts with All-PBC Team nods.

 

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