LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Three University of Louisville athletic teams are among the nation’s leaders within their sport in the most recent multiyear Academic Progress Rate (APR) data released by the NCAA.
UofL’s men's basketball, men’s cross country and women’s golf teams are among the top 10 percent in their respective sports in the latest APR, which measures academic eligibility, retention and graduation for student-athletes. Men's cross country and women's golf have a perfect 1000 score for the most recent four-year period from 2008-12 and men's basketball is close to that figure with a 995 score.
The 2013 NCAA men's basketball champion Cardinals have excelled not only on the court, but in the classroom as well. The team produced a collective 3.295 grade point average for the 2012-13 academic year, with a record 3.41 combined GPA for the fall semester, the highest ever for the Cardinals. A total of 15 of 17 Cardinals earned a 3.0 or better for the fall semester.
The Cardinals won major individual academic awards as well over the past year. Peyton Siva was a Capital One CoSIDA Academic All-America second team selection and was named the 2013 BIG EAST Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Wayne Blackshear won the 2013 NCAA Men's Basketball Elite 89 Award, presented to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point average participating in the finals site for each of the NCAA championships. Russ Smith was honored with a 2013 Scholar Baller Academic Momentum Award, which is presented to an individual based on the level of academic improvement and the impact of that academic momentum.
The academic achievement is not new to the Cardinals. UofL’s men’s basketball team earned the 2010-11 and 2011-12 BIG EAST Conference Team Academic Excellence Awards, which recognizes the highest collective grade-point averages in each of the conference’s 24 sports (the 2012-13 awards have not been announced yet). The men’s basketball team has hovered around a collective 3.0 GPA for 10 straight semesters, including a 3.18 GPA for the most recent Spring 2013 semester.
Multiyear APRs for all Division I sports teams will be announced June 11.