Release Date Tuesday, February 14, 2017
Kulas Named to Academic All-District Men’s Basketball First Team, First to Receive Honor from SD Mines
RAPID CITY, S.D. (Feb. 14, 2017) – South Dakota School of Mines & Technology senior Konor Kulas has been named to the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-District Men’s Basketball Team First Team – an award that recognizes the nation’s top scholar-athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom.
Kulas, a 6-foot-7-inch post player majoring in industrial engineering from Appleton, Wis., is the first Hardrocker men’s basketball player to ever receive this honor and is one of just two scholar-athletes from the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference to be named to the district first team for the 2016-17 campaign.
“Konor is the kind of all-around scholar-athlete whom we are proud to have represent our university. He's a delight to watch on the court. He's also a great role model and really decent young man. They couldn't have made a better choice,” said SD Mines President Heather Wilson.
Kulas, who qualifies for this honor with a 3.40 GPA, has also had an outstanding senior season on the basketball court. He is currently leading the Hardrockers men’s hoops team, averaging 17 points per game and coming down with 8.9 rebounds per game. He is in the Top 10 in the RMAC scoring 405 points so far this season and is the RMAC’s second-leading rebounder currently with 211 boards on the year.
With four games left in the regular season, Kulas has amassed 1,400 career points and ranks 11th all-time at SD Mines.
Earlier this season Kulas was named to the RMAC All-Academic First Team which was voted on by the RMAC Sports Information Directors and was voted to the Preseason All-RMAC Team by the conference’s head coaches.
“Konor is a talented basketball player, an exceptional scholar and just an extraordinary person,” said Hardrocker men’s basketball head coach Jason Henry. “He’s not only balancing a challenging academic workload and a rigorous athletic regiment, he is excelling at it. All that hard work is paying off. You can see that on the court and in the classroom. I am so happy for Konor to receive this type of recognition and that his efforts are being noticed at a national level.”
From here, the First-team Academic All-District honorees will advance to the CoSIDA Academic All-America Team ballot, where first-, second- and third- team All-America honorees will be selected later this month.