MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Thirty-four West Virginia University freshmen student-athletes were named to the 2017 Academic All-Big 12 Rookie Team, as announced by the conference today.
Student-athletes, who were incoming freshmen at their respective Big 12 institutions, were eligible for selection.
Baylor led all schools with 62 honorees, followed by Texas (55) and Kansas (53). A total of 441 student-athletes were honored for the 2016-17 season.
Three Mountaineers selected were among the 46 nominated with a 4.00 grade point average (GPA): Bailey Thomas (women’s basketball), Abby Kaufman
(gymnastics) and Miranda Marcucci
(women’s swimming and diving).
Nominated by each institution’s director of student-athlete support services, student-athletes on the Academic All-Big 12 Rookie Team must be new, first-time/incoming freshmen, who have completed 24 semester hours of non-remedial coursework and achieved a cumulative GPA of at least 3.00. Additionally, the student-athlete must have participated in at least one of their team’s scheduled contests and must have been a member of their respective team for their sport’s entire NCAA Championship segment.
The Academic All-Big 12 Rookie Team was introduced in the 2012-13 academic year.