Nebraska MBB: Shields repeats as First-Team Academic All-American

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Lincoln – University of Nebraska forward Shavon Shields was recognized for his efforts in the classroom Thursday, as he was named to the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-America™ team.

Shields, who carries a 3.72 GPA in biological sciences, was selected as a first-team Academic All-American for the second straight year. He joins Beau Reid, who was a third-team Academic All-American in 1989 and 1991, as the only two-time Academic All-Americans in program history.

With the selection today, Shields becomes Nebraska’s 321st Academic All-American across all sports, a total which leads the nation.

This is the second major off-court honor for Shields in the last month, as he was named to the NABC Allstate Good Works Team last month recognizing his work in the community. Shields is enjoying the best season of his career, as he enters Sunday’s regular-season finale against Northwestern averaging 16.7 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game. He ranks ninth on NU’s career scoring list with 1,560 career points.

The Big Ten Conference featured two of the first five-team Academic All-Americans in Shields and Iowa’s Jarrod Uthoff.

2015-16 CoSIDA Academic All-America Division I Men’s Basketball Team

First Team

Name School Yr. Hometown GPA Major

Canyon Barry (2) Charleston (S.C.) Jr. Colorado Springs, Colo. 4.00 Physics / computer science

Joshua Braun Grand Canyon Sr. Anthem, Ariz. 3.83 Business management

Marcus Paige (2, *) North Carolina Sr. Marion, Iowa 3.43 Media & journalism / history

Shavon Shields (1) Nebraska Sr. Olathe, Kan. 3.72 Biological sciences

Jarrod Uthoff Iowa Gr. Cedar Rapids, Iowa 3.42 Economics (UG) / leisure studies (G)

(1) = 2014-15 CoSIDA Academic All-America® Division I first team
(2) = 2014-15 CoSIDA Academic All-America® Division I second team
(*) = 2013-14 CoSIDA Academic All-America® Division I second team