NASHVILLE, Tenn. - - Belmont University men's basketball senior Craig Bradshaw (Ridgetop, Tenn.) and junior Evan Bradds (Jamestown, Ohio) have been named to the 2015-16 Division I-AAA Athletics Directors Association (DI-AAA ADA) Men's Basketball Scholar-Athlete Team, the organization announced this week.
The duo led Belmont to its eighth regular season conference championship in the last 11 seasons, another 20-win campaign, and a berth in the Postseason NIT.
Fourth on Belmont's NCAA Division I era scoring list with 1,698 points, Bradshaw helped the Bruins to 94 victories, four consecutive postseason appearances, national Top 25 poll votes four straight seasons, and marquee road victories over North Carolina, Stanford, and Marquette, among others.
The 6-3 guard scored in double figures in 87 of his final 97 games as a Bruin, including a Belmont NCAA Division I era single-game record 42 points at Ohio (11/29/14).
During his sophomore and junior seasons, Bradshaw scored 1,099 points; fourth-most nationally among returning seniors.
The Ridgetop, Tennessee native was named one of the top mid-major players in America by USA Today and a national Top 100 player by CBSSports.com.
In addition, Bradshaw is a two-time CoSIDA Academic All-America® selection, becoming the fifth Belmont men's basketball player to earn the distinction multiple times.
On pace to graduate in May with a degree in public relations, Bradshaw is a two-time Academic All-District selection, was the 2014-15 Division I-AAA Athletics Directors Association (DI-AAA ADA) Men's Basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year, and three-time OVC Commissioner's Honor Roll designee.
Meanwhile for Bradds, who was named 2016 OVC Player of the Year and USBWA and NABC All-District, this marks the latest honor in his decorated career.
The Jamestown, Ohio native led the nation in field goal percentage (.714) after pacing the country in that category a year ago. In fact, through 100 career games, Bradds' field goal percentage (.690; 507-of-735) ranks first in NCAA Division I men's basketball since the statistical category was first tracked in 1948.
Bradds will become the first player to lead the country in field goal percentage in consecutive seasons since, coincidentally, former Bruin Adam Mark did so in 2002 and 2003.
A three-time OVC Player of the Week honoree, Bradds averaged 20.1 points and 10.6 rebounds per game during the month of January. Bradds was named to the Lou Henson Award Midseason Watch List - an award presented annually to the top mid major player in college basketball.
Bradds ranked among OVC leaders in five statistical categories, including fourth in scoring (17.6) and second in rebounding (9.2).
During non-conference play, Bradds was an integral part of notable Bruin victories over Marquette and Valparaiso, among others. He also earned Legends Classic Subregional Most Valuable Player honors after making 22 consecutive field goal attempts during a three-game stretch.
In the classroom, Bradds is also a 2016 CoSIDA Academic All-America selection, a two-time Academic All-District selection and a two-time OVC Commissioner's Honor Roll designee.
This marks the 11th and 12th time a Belmont men's basketball player has been named to the DI-AAA ADA Men's Basketball Scholar-Athlete Team in the program's 15-year history.
Basketball players from all Division I-AAA ADA member institutions are eligible for these prestigious awards. Each of the nominees was required to have a minimum grade point average of 3.20 (on a 4.00 scale) in undergraduate study and have been a starter or important reserve with legitimate athletics credentials. Nominated student-athletes must have participated in at least 50 percent of the team's games listed on the nomination form. To be eligible for nomination to the Scholar-Athlete Team, he/she must have reached JUNIOR academic standing at their institution (ineligible athletics transfers are not eligible). To be eligible for the postgraduate scholarship, he/she must have completed eight semesters or the equivalent number of quarters at their institution. Preference was given to those on track to graduate in spring/summer 2016.
A special Review Committee of Division I-AAA athletics directors were responsible for selecting the winners. Completing this task were Committee Chair Tim Hall; Amanda Braun, Wisconsin-Milwaukee; Don DiJulia, St. Joseph's; Gene Doris, Fairfield; Bill Hogan, Seattle; Bill Husak, Loyola Marymount; Philip Hutcheson, Lipscomb; Scott Lazenby, Texas A&M Corpus Christi; and Jean Lenti Ponsetto, DePaul.
2016 Division I-AAA Men's Scholar-Athlete Team
|Mike Crawford||St. Louis||3.84||Business Administration|
|Caleb Donnelly||Northeastern||3.99||Chemical Engieneering|
|Obi Emegano||Oral Roberts||3.66||Psychology|
|Joe Rahon||St. Mary's (CA)||3.65||Economics|
|Kyle Wiltjer||Gonzaga||3.76||Business Administration|
|Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Kyle Wiltjer, Gonzaga
About Division I-AAA ADA: Now in its 15th year, the Division I-AAA Athletics Directors Association's mission is to enhance initiatives common to its Division I-AAA membership (the 99 Division I institutions that do not sponsor football), in particular, aspects related to their flagship basketball programs. For more information on the Division I-AAA ADA, please visit www.div1aaa-ada.com. The Division I-AAA ADA is administered by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA), which is in its 51th year. For more information on NACDA and the 14 professional associations that fall under its umbrella, please visitwww.nacda.com.