(Notre Dame, Ind.) The NAIA has announced that 114 Division II Men's Basketball student-athletes have been named 2011 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes. Among the 114 student-athletes, Holy Cross junior forward Andrew Tullis (Orland, Ind.) was recently named a Scholar-Athlete.
In order to be nominated, a student-athlete must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and must have achieved a junior academic status to qualify for this honor.
Tullis becomes the third student-athlete this year to earn this honor. He joins senior men's soccer player Jose Rios (Elkhart, Ind.) and junior Damian Marciniak (Michigan City, Ind.).
"This is a great honor for all the hard work that Andrew has put in the classroom," said Head Coach Bob Schermerhorn. "I have no doubt that after graduation Andrew will do great things."
Tullis is also the second athlete from the men's basketball program to earn this honor. Sean Dillion became the first Scholar-Athlete in program history during the 2008-09 season which was the men's basketball inaugural varsity season.
"As an athletic department we are trying to recruit student-athletes that will be successful not only on the field, but also in the classroom," said Coach Schermerhorn. "It is important that when our athletes graduate they are prepared in work and life in general."
The 6'' 7' forward is currently earning a degree in elementary education. He played in all 31 games averaging 4.4 points and 3.4 rebounds a game.