Brandon Taylor was named All-Academic First Team by the Pac-12
March 26, 2014
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -Utah sophomores Jeremy Olsen and Brandon Taylor were each named to the Pac-12's All-Academic First Team this afternoon by league commissioner Larry Scott. In all, a record five Utes earned accolades from the league due to excellence in the classroom.
"We take the term 'student-athlete' very seriously here at Utah," head coach Larry Krystkowiak said. "We are very proud of all the members on our team that were honored by the Pac-12. This is an extremely rewarding time to be a Ute."
Olsen, who has a 3.77 GPA in Accounting, earned scholastic honors for the second-consecutive season. Taylor, who owns a 3.71 GPA in Psychology, gave Utah two of the five spots on the First Team. The Ute duo was joined by three Stanford student-athletes, Anthony Brown, John Gage and Robbie Lemons.
Dallin Bachynski, Renan Lenz and Dakarai Tucker were named honorable mention all-academic Pac-12 as Utah and Stanford combined for 11 student-athletes of the 18 selected by the conference. Lenz, a senior from Brazil, has a 3.09 GPA in Economics, while Bachynski has a 3.00 GPA in Communications and Tucker has a 3.05 GPA.
"I also want to say a special thanks to our entire academic staff of tutors and mentors," Krystkowiak added. "We have such tremendous professors here at the University of Utah and our student-athletes are lucky to have the opportunity to learn from them."
To be eligible for selection to the academic team, a student-athlete must have a minimum 3.0 overall grade-point average and be either a starter or significant contributor. The Pac-12 All Academic regulations define a "starter or significant substitute" as having participated in 50 percent of a team's scheduled contests, except in unusual circumstances, such as injury.
PAC-12 ALL-ACADEMIC - MEN'S BASKETBALL
First Team - Yr., GPA, Major
Anthony Brown, Stanford RS Jr. 3.26 Communication
John Gage, Stanford Sr. 3.65 Economics
Robbie Lemons, Stanford Sr. 3.65 Economics
Jeremy Olsen, Utah RS So. 3.77 Accounting
Brandon Taylor, Utah So. 3.71 Psychology
Second Team - Yr., GPA, Major
Angus Brandt, Oregon State Sr. 3.19 Exercise and Sport Science
Chass Bryan, USC So. 3.33 Business Mgmt., Marketing & Related Service
Junior Longrus, WSU So. 3.22 Undeclared
Stefan Nastic, Stanford RS Jr. 3.17 Psychology
Chasson Randle, Stanford Jr. 3.24 African and African-American Studies
Dallin Bachynski, Jr., Utah; Ben Carter, So., Oregon; Renan Lenz, Sr., Utah; Omar Oraby, Sr., USC; Dwight Powell, Sr., Stanford; Olaf Schaftenaar, So., Oregon State; Kaleb Tarczewski, So., Arizona; Dakarai Tucker, So., Utah.