By: Sean Neidig, sports information graduate assistant
AUSTIN, Texas – The College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) announced the 2018-19 Google Cloud Academic All-America® Division III Men's and Women's Basketball teams on Wednesday afternoon and for two members of Capital University Men's Basketball, all of their hard work on the court and in the classroom has paid off with spots on the prestigious lists.
Seniors Austin Schreck and Caleb Cox were steady and impactful performers for the Crusaders all season and were both named Third Team Academic All-Americans. Both players were named First Team Academic All-District on Feb. 21 and on Wednesday it was revealed that both earned Academic All-Ohio Athletic Conference status as well.
Schreck (Erlanger, Ky./Dixie Heights) is quickly running out of room for all of his postseason accolades as he has been named OAC Player of the Year, OAC Defensive Player of the Year, First Team All-OAC, First Team All-Great Lakes Region by D3hoops.com and First Team All-District by the NABC since the conclusion of the regular season. He also earned a spot on the 2019 Resse's ® Division III College All-Star Game roster.
The dynamic guard led the Crusaders with 489 points (16.9 ppg), 84 asssists (2.9 apg) and 39 steals (1.3 spg) and was second on the team with 181 total rebounds (6.2 rpg) and 10 blocks. All of those figures represent career highs. The financial economics major placed in the top 10 in the OAC in points, rebounds, assists and steals and was one of only two players in the conference to do so.
Cox (Cincinnati, Ohio/Oak Hills) was one of the most unstoppable post players in the OAC and earned a spot on the All-OAC Second Team. The business major scored a career-best 435 points (15.0 ppg) and grabbed a career-high 291 rebounds (10.0 rpg) this past season. Cox was one of only two OAC players to average a double-double. Cox also set new career highs in assists (43), steals (33) and blocks (14).
Thanks to the combined play of Schreck and Cox, Capital enjoyed one of the most successful seasons in program history as the Crusaders finished the year with an overall record of 21-8 and conference record of 14-4. The team earned a share of the OAC regular season title and the top seed in the OAC Tournament before advancing to the second round of the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2011-12. The Crusaders were also ranked in the D3hoop.com Top 25 for the first time since 2008-09. Capital spent six weeks in the Top 25.
For more information about CoSIDA's Google Cloud Academic All-District® and Academic All-America® Teams program, visit www.AcademicAllAmerica.com or the Academic All-America® homepage on www.CoSIDA.com.