Blaszczyk Named Academic All-District

Michael Blaszczyk
Michael Blaszczyk

Courtesy of Benedictine University

LISLE, Illinois -- Benedictine University senior Michael Blaszczyk has been honored by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) with a selection to the Men's Basketball Academic All-District VII team.

The award honors student-athletes who achieve success in the classroom and in athletics. One of the most prestigious awards an athlete can achieve, a student-athlete must be a key starter or reserve, maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.30, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standing at the institution and have been nominated by the sports information director.

Blaszczyk, a two-time First Team All-NACC selection, ranks second on the team in scoring at 15.9 points per game this year. The senior produced the first triple-double in recent school history and just the ninth in conference history in a January 31 win over Aurora. A four-year starter, Blaszczyk is climbing the school's career leaderboard in scoring. Benedictine reached the NCAA Division III Championship game last year and the team is ranked 16th in the nation. Blaszczyk has posted 19 double-figure games this year and has twice been selected as the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference player of the week with one selection to the Team of the Week.

The 2016-17 College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-District® Men's and Women's Basketball Teams have been released to recognize the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom.

The Academic All-District® teams include student-athletes divided into eight geographic districts across the United States and Canada. This is the sixth year of the expanded Academic All-America® program as CoSIDA moved from recognizing a University Division (Division I) and a College Division (all non-Division I) and has doubled the number of scholar-athletes honored. The expanded teams include NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II and NCAA Division III participants, while the College Division Academic All-America® Team combines NAIA, Canadian and two-year schools.

The Division II and III Academic All-America® program is being financially supported by the NCAA Division II and III national governance structures, to assist CoSIDA with handling the awards fulfillment aspects for the 2016-17 DII and DIII Academic All-America® teams program.

First Team Academic All-District® honorees advance to the CoSIDA Academic All-America® Team ballot, where first-, second- and third-team All-America® honorees will be selected later this month.