A-10 Announces Men's Basketball Academic All-Conference Team
Philadelphia, Pa. - For the second consecutive season, Kieron Achara of Duquesne garnered Student-Athlete of the Year honors in voting among the league's sports information directors.
Achara is the third individual to be twice named the Student-Athlete of the Year in men's basketball, joining Saint Joseph's Bill Phillips (2001-02) and Brian Thornton of Xavier (2005-06). The forward/center is averaging 11.4 points and ranks second on the team with 45 blocks while leading the Dukes to their highest win total (17) since the 1993-94 season. In the classroom, the Stirling, Scotland, native boasts a 4.0 grade-point average as a graduate student in Duquesne's sports leadership program.
One of 30 nominees for the Lowe's Senior Class Award, Achara is a three-time All-Academic Team selection. He is joined on the Atlantic 10 Academic All-Conference Team by Saint Louis teammates Lisch and Luke Meyer, Rhode Island's Jimmy Baron and Yves Mekongo Mbala of La Salle.
|Kieron Achara||Duquesne||Sr.||F/C||6-9||Stirling, Scotland||Sports Leadership|
|Jimmy Baron||Rhode Island||Jr.||G||6-2||East Greenwich, R.I.||Communication Studies|
|Kevin Lisch||Saint Louis||Jr.||G||6-2||Belleville, Ill.||Business Administration|
|Yves Mekongo Mbala||La Salle||So.||F||6-7||Elizabeth, N.J.||Integrated Science & Business Technology|
|Luke Meyer||Saint Louis||Gr.||F/G||6-5||Washington, Mo.||MBA|
Student-Athlete of the Year: Kieron Achara, Duquesne