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Wayne Blackshear Earns Academic Distinction

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University of Louisville men's basketball junior Wayne Blackshear is one of six student-athletes on the Capital One District 2 Academic All-District men's basketball first team, the College Sports Information Directors of America announced Thursday afternoon.

To be eligible for the honor, which recognizes the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom, a student-athlete must maintain at least a 3.3 cumulative GPA. Inclusion on the all-district team allows him to be considered for Capital One Academic All-America honors.

The Chicago, Ill., native earned the 2013 NCAA Elite 89 Award, presented to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point average participating at the finals site for each of the NCAA's championships. Blackshear, who is majoring in communications, boasts a 3.4 cumulative grade-point average.

Through 20 games this season, the forward is averaging a career-best 10.2 points and is shooting 45.5 percent from 3-point range. He has 25 steals and just 10 turnovers in 424 minutes played. Since coming off the bench over the last three games, he has averaged 16 points, while shooting from 65.4 percent from the field. He is 9-of-14 from beyond the arc during the stretch. Following his 16-point performance at USF on Jan. 22, Blackshear has reached double-digit points on 10 occasions this year.

Other student-athletes on the six-man all-District 2 team consist of Lafayette College's Seth Hinrichs and Joey Ptasinski, Loyola's (Md.) Franz Rassman, George Washington's John Kopriva, and West Virginia's Kevin Noreen.

The academic all-district teams are divided into eight geographic districts across the United States and Canada, with District 2 encompassing NCAA Division I schools from the states of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Kentucky, West Virginia, Delaware, Maryland as well as the District of Columbia.