Acadmic All-America Award Goes To Royce Bryan
Thursday, March 6, 2003
Mar. 6, 2003
Stamford, Conn. - The awards continue to pile in for senior guard Royce Bryan (Haviland, Kan.) as he was recognized on the 2003 Verizon Academic All-America College Division Men’s Basketball First Team today. Bryan holds a 4.00 grade point average with a double major in secondary education and social studies. This award comes after the announcement in mid-February that Bryan earned academic all-district first team honors for the first time in his career.

The 2002-03 team captain is in his second year at Bemidji State after a one-year hiatus at South Plains Community College (TX) where he was Student-Athlete of the Year. In his college career, Bryan has received all A’s and just one B.

Bryan holds the school’s single game record with 11 assists against Minnesota-Crookston (2/2/02) and the best mark for season assists (145) established a year ago. His 99 assists this year is ninth on the school’s charts. Currently, he sits third with 244 career assists as he is three away from the second spot. In 2002-03, Bryan is first on the club in steals per game (2.46) and assists per game (4.13). The steals mark is second in the league and it puts him 23rd in the nation as well. Also, the 6-1 guard is second on the squad in rebounding (3.4) and minutes per game (27.7) and fourth in scoring (9.4) and three-pointers (43).

Earlier this season, Bryan hit on at least one three-pointer in a 13-game stretch. After a hand injury that kept him out of four games, Bryan went for 35 points, 10 rebounds, six assists and four steals in the weekend sweep of UM-Morris and Northern State (1/17-1/18/03) - those efforts gave him his first career player of the week honors in the league.

Bryan is the only Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference player to be recognized on either of the three teams and was just one of four athletes who carried a perfect g.p.a.. The Verizon Academic All-America of the Year went to J.T. Luginski from Michigan Tech. The awards were decided by National CoSIDA Members & the Verizon Academic All-America Committee.

“First off, I am really happy for Royce,” said head coach Jeff Guiot. “He deserves every award he gets. Also, I am very happy for the university. We can not have a finer young man representing Bemidji State University.”

Bemidji State, seeded third in the NSIC Tournament, downed #6 seed Winona State last night (Wednesday), 106-79 at the BSU Gymnasium. BSU is scheduled to play #7 seed MSU Moorhead Saturday at 6:00 p.m. at the Gangelhoff Center in St. Paul, Minn. with the winner advancing to the championships at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday. The Beavers have swept the season series with the Dragons and have taken three straight and four out of the last five in the series.

First Team
Name    School    Yr.    Hometown    GPA    Major
Eric Bartow    Maryville (MO)    Sr.    Nixa, Mo.    3.97    Health Science/Bio.
Royce Bryan    Bemidji State    Sr.    Haviland, Kan.    4.00    Sec. Ed./Social St.
Jesse Harris    Simpson (IA)    Sr.    Clive, Iowa    3.97    History/Pol. Science
Brian Larrabee    S. New Hampshire    Sr.    Colonie, N.Y.    4.00    Business Admin.
J.T. Luginski    Michigan Tech    Sr.    Chesterfield, Mich.    3.91    Mech. Engineering

Second Team
Name    School    Yr.    Hometown    GPA    Major
Nick Brantng    Neb.-Kearney    Jr.    North Platte, Neb.    3.94    Pre-Medicine
Nick Ellenberger    MSU Mankato    Sr.    Stockholm, Wis.    3.91    Civil Eng.
Chris Petersen    Buena Vista    Sr.    Audubon, Iowa    4.00    Accounting
Nick Svehla    Neb.-Kearney    Sr.    Omaha, Neb.    3.55    Math Education
Brian Westre    Miss-Rolla    Jr.    Clayton, Mo.    3.76    Eng. Management

Third Team
Name    School    Yr.    Hometown    GPA    Major
Jay Brogdon    Harding    Sr.    Cherokee Vill., Ark.    4.00    Management
Justin Call    Emory & Henry    Jr.    Ronda, N.C.    3.77    Economics
Shawn McCormick    Baldwin-Wallace    Gr.    Massillon, Ohio    3.75    Master of Bus. Admin.
3.44    Business Admin./Finance
Scott Prater    Oklahoma Baptist    Sr.    Edmond, Okla.    3.92    Biology
Finn Rebassoo    Occidental    Sr.    Seattle, Wash.    3.74    Physics