Vol. 19, No. 22
March 2, 2000
|UD mens basketball All-American candidate Mike Pegues has added yet another honor to his list of accomplishments, this time for academics.
Pegues, a 6-foot, 5-inch senior forward from Forestville, Md., was one of five players named to the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) District II All-Academic team.
To be eligible, a student-athlete must have a cumulative grade point index of 3.2 or better and be a starter or key reserve on his or her team. District II includes all NCAA Division I schools in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, West Virginia and Washington, D.C.
Joining Pegues on the team were Temple guard Pepe Sanchez (3.29 gpa in history), St. Josephs center Bill Phillips (3.67 in marketing), Bucknell forward Valter Karavanic (3.8 in electrical engineering) and St. Francis (Pa.) guard Rob Krimmel (3.95 in history and secondary education).
All five selectees are eligible for the prestigious CoSIDA Academic All-American team, which will be announced later in March.
Pegues, who has a 3.29 grade point index as a communication major, will lead two-time defending America East champion and two-time NCAA Tournament qualifying University of Delaware into the America East Tournament this weekend at Delaware. Pegues leads the Blue Hens in scoring (20.4 ppg), rebounding (7.3 rpg), and assists (77), and is shooting 52 percent from the field and 80 percent from the foul line. He has ranked among the top 20 scorers in the nation for most of the season.
The Blue Hens (22-6, 14-4) will be the No. 3 seed and take on No. 6 seed Towson in the quarter finals this Saturday, March 4 at the Bob Carpenter Center. The semifinals will be held Sunday, March 5, with the finals set for March 11 at the site of the highest remaining seed.
Pegues, who was named the America East Scholar-Athlete of the Year for mens basketball in 1998, and is a candidate again this season, is a Deans List student at Delaware who has also been named to the America East Academic Honor Roll. The 1999 America East Player of the Year and a first team All-East selection, Pegues has been a two-time All-America East selection and holds numerous Blue Hen records, including career marks for points scored (1,934), games played (119), free throws (498) and field goals (711).
He ranks sixth on the UD career rebounding list with 743 and has scored 30 or more points 11 times and 20 or more 40 times during his career. He needs just 66 points to become just the sixth player in America East history to record 2,000 points for a career.
The Blue Hens (22-6, 14-4) will be the No. 3 seed and take on No. 6 seed Towson in the quarterfinals this Saturday, March 4, at the Bob Carpenter Center. The semifinals will be held Sunday, March 5, with the finals set for March 11 at the site of the highest remaining seed. (See story on page 17 for more details on the weekend tournament.)