Rakestraw Named First Team Academic All-American

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Coleson Rakestraw has been named First Team Academic All-American.

Siloam Springs, Arkansas (February 20, 2012) - JBU men’s basketball player Coleson Rakestraw of Siloam Springs, Ark. has been named a Capital One College Division First Team Academic All-American®.  The Capital One College Division Academic All-America® basketball teams are comprised of student-athletes from NAIA, Canadian and two-year institutions.

Rakestraw, a junior engineering major with a 3.93 GPA, has started in every JBU basketball game since his freshman year and is currently the teams’ fourth leading scorer with 11.07 points per game.  He currently ranks 22nd in the nation in total 3-pointers made on the year with 67 and 21st in 3-point shooting percentage with a 42.7 percent average.

Joining Rakestraw on the men’s first team are Academic All-American® of the Year winner Casey Coons of Taylor University (Ind.) and other first team members, Kevin Dawson of the University of Saint Francis (Ind.), Chris Donnelly of Saint Ambrose University (Iowa), and Andy Schweitzer of Nebraska Wesleyan University.

Coons, a health and physical education major from Indianapolis, Ind., carries a 3.69 grade point  average. He has been the Trojans' leading scorer for the past three seasons. 

Dawson, a senior health and exercise science major from Fort Wayne, Ind., has a 3.99 grade point average. He has started every game for the No. 24 Cougars and ranks second on the team with a 12.37 scoring average.

A senior industrial engineering major with a 3.70 G.P.A., Donnelly is a native of Peoria, Ill. He leads the Midwest Collegiate Conference in blocked shots with a 2.07 average and also ranks fifth with 1.52 steals per game.

A senior accounting and economics major with a perfect 4.0 G.P.A., Schweitzer has led Nebraska Wesleyan to a 12-13 record and the number six seed in the Great Plains Athletic Conference.

The five members of the Capital One Academic All-America® College Division Men’s Basketball first team have an average G.P.A. of 3.86.



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