March 4, 2014
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - American sophomore Jesse Reed became his team's third major award winner when he was named the Patriot League Men's Basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year on Tuesday.
Reed, who earned second-team All-Patriot League status on Monday, was joined on the Academic All-Patriot League Team by Lafayette juniors Seth Hinrichs and Joey Ptasinski, Bucknell graduate student Brian Fitzpatrick and Loyola University Maryland sophomore Franz Rassman. Hinrichs was a third-team All-League selection, while Ptasinski is named to the Academic All-Patriot League Team for the second year in a row.
Reed was one of the most improved players in the Patriot League this season, and his play was a big reason an Eagles team picked to finish ninth in the preseason placed second with a 13-5 record. Reed stands fourth in the Patriot League with 14.2 points per game for the season, and was even better in League play at third with 15.1 per contest. He ranked second in three-point field-goal percentage both overall(49.1%) and in League games (51.9%), and stands in the top 10 in overall and League only field-goal percentage.
Reed was one of American' 11 Patriot League Academic Honor Roll selections as a freshman, and carries a 3.41 grade-point average as a Business Administration major at AU. He becomes the first Eagle to win the Scholar-Athlete of the Year award.
The rest of the Academic All-Patriot League members all have significant achievements on the court and in the classroom. Ptasinski and Hinrichs both averaged double figures for Lafayette and are among the top three-point shooters in Patriot League history, with the former carrying a 3.49 GPA as a Biology major and the latter putting up a 3.35 mark while majoring in Economics. Fitzpatrick has stepped up in his final season for Bucknell with 9.4 points and 4.9 rebounds per game, and holds a 3.89 graduate GPA while working towards his Master's degree in College Student Personnel after double-majoring in History and Psychology as an undergrad. Rassman averaged 5.9 points and 4.3 rebounds as a sophomore for Loyola, where he carries a 3.942 cumulative GPA while majoring in Business Administration.
The Academic All-Patriot League Team honors student-athletes who excel in their sport and the classroom, and the size equals the sport's first-team All-Patriot League composition. Sports information directors, who are not allowed to vote for their own student-athletes, select the academic award winners.
To be eligible for the Scholar-Athlete of the Year award and the Academic All-Patriot League Team, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.20 cumulative grade point average and be a starter or key player in his/her sport. Freshmen or students in their first academic year at their school are not eligible for the honor.
The Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year for each individual sport comprises the pool of nominees for the Patriot League Male and Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year awards given out over the summer. One male and one female are selected for this honor.
Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Jesse Reed, American (So.)
Men's Basketball Academic All-Patriot League Team
Brian Fitzpatrick, Bucknell (Gr.)
Seth Hinrichs, Lafayette (Jr.)
Joey Ptasinski, Lafayette (Jr.)
Jesse Reed, American (So.)
Franz Rassman, Loyola (So.)