On Thursday, Belmont senior guard and former CPA Lion Craig Bradshaw was named an Academic All-American for the second consecutive season. This honor came days after Bradshaw was named First Team All-Ohio Valley Conference for the second consecutive season, his third All-OVC selection overall.
Bradshaw has been one of the top perimeter threats for the Bruins in his four years on Belmont Boulevard. He is currently at, or near the top of the Bruin record books during their NCAA Division I era, with 1,661 points, 326 assists, 153 steals, and 245 three-point field goals made. During his career, he has surpassed a double-digit point total 85 times. After become a regular contributor during his sophomore season, Bradshaw scored 1,099 points, good for the fourth-highest returning career total during that time frame.
The Academic All-American team was selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). To be eligible for Academic All-America® consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his current institution and be nominated by his media relations’ director. Bradshaw currently has a 3.47 GPA as a Public Relations major. He is the fifth two-time Academic All-American in program history, all since Wes Burtner in 2001-2002.
“Perhaps the most significant honor a basketball player can receive is to be named Academic All-American, as it requires excellence on the floor and in the classroom,” Belmont head coach Rick Byrd said. “All of us involved in the Belmont Basketball program are very proud that our university has two selections this season, and appreciate Craig and Evan’s dedication to both sides of the student-athlete equation.”
On top of these honors, Bradshaw has also been named a Mid-Major All-American, National Association of Basketball Coaches All-District, one of the top mid-major players by USA Today, and a national Top 100 player by CBSSports.com. With the Bruins’ upset loss to Austin Peay in the OVC tournament, Bradshaw’s collegiate career will end in the National Invitational Tournament. No matter how it might end, the career of the CPA alumnus will go down as one of the greatest players in Belmont history.
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