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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Four Jayhawks named Academic All-Big 12

Kansas forward Landen Lucas (33) catches a pass inside against Texas Tech forward Matthew Temple (34) during the second half, Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas forward Landen Lucas (33) catches a pass inside against Texas Tech forward Matthew Temple (34) during the second half, Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017 at Allen Fieldhouse.

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One day after helping the team secure a record-tying 13th consecutive Big 12 men's basketball title, four members of the Kansas basketball team added some academic hardware to their memorable week.

Seniors Landen Lucas and Tyler Self, along with juniors Svi Mykhailiuk and Dwight Coleby, on Thursday were named Academic All-Big 12 selections by the conference.

Lucas, Self and Coleby earned first-team nods on the 26-man team while Mykhailiuk landed on the second team.

Kansas now has a league-leading 57 all-time Academic All-Big 12 honorees — 43 first-teamers and 14 second-team selections — since the inception of the conference in 1996-97. Texas ranks second with 48. Thirty-five of those 57 have come during Bill Self's time as head coach, including 25 on the first team.

Mykhailiuk, a junior guard from Ukraine who is averaging 10 points in 28 minutes per game this season, is a repeat honoree from last season, while the Lucas, Self and Coleby are being named Academic All-Big 12 for the first time.

Both Lucas and Self graduated from Kansas in spring 2016 and are currently pursuing master's degrees in business administration.

First-team members consist of those who have maintained a 3.20 or better grade point average, while second-team distinction indicates a player holding a GPA between 3.0-3.19 GPA.

To qualify, student-athletes must maintain a 3.0 GPA or higher and must have participated in 60 percent of their team's scheduled contests.

Freshmen and transfers are not eligible in their first year of academic residence. Senior student-athletes who have participated for a minimum of two years and meet all the criteria except percent of participation are also eligible.

Comments

Harlan Hobbs 2 years, 5 months ago

13 straight conference championships, and a stellar academic record. You can't ask for much more than that.

Ben Kane 2 years, 5 months ago

in light of the all of the off the court issues this is welcome news. Congrats guys!

Suzi Marshall 2 years, 5 months ago

Congratulations to our guys. Really happy to see Coleby on the list. Hopefully he'll come back next year strong and fit to play. Mykailiuk is steady and steering a great course. Hopefully he'll be back for his Senior year. As for Self and Lucas, it's about time because both those guys are bright and were underperforming in the class room.

RJ King 2 years, 5 months ago

Suzy - How do you know that T. Self and Lucas were underperforming? That statement sounds pretty judgmental. Do you know what classes they took and their GPA's? And maybe they chose NOT to fill out their schedules with "Rocks for Jocks" (Geology) or line dancing type classes for an easy A or B.

The article states that Seniors "who meet all the criteria EXCEPT percent of participation are ALSO eligible." It sounds like this was the first year that Tyler was even ELIGIBLE for the honor. Before this year he was on the Academic All-Big12 2012-13 Rookie Team, AND the Athletic Director’s, AND Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Rolls in Fall 2012 and Spring 2014.

Both graduated on time - Lucas with a Business degree, and Self in Sports Management. That's impressive. And plenty good enough for me.

RJ King 2 years, 5 months ago

So you were the girl in Sarcasm 101 with her hand raised constantly ("teacher, teacher, I know, I know!") while I was drawing unicorns. It doesn't always come across in print, you know. Excuse me for taking your comment literally, trying to set the record straight, and stand up for the kids. Apparently some things are just so, so boring.

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Humpy Helsel 2 years, 5 months ago

Too bad Devonte wasn't on this list, too. Would have been a real trifecta and a very special birthday!

John Brazelton 2 years, 5 months ago

Svi's accomplishment is impressive in that he arrived in Lawrence not speaking English well and not understanding America culture. He turned that around in two years. Of course, it would be nice if all students had the same academic support system that is available to all KU athletes.

John Boyle 2 years, 5 months ago

I like how you turned this upbeat positive story into something bad (i.e. special treatment for athletes).

Bob Zielinski 2 years, 5 months ago

It would also be nice if every KU student put in multiple hours each week working for free to do something for the community. Or, if every KU student engaged in an activity that brought in millions of dollars to the University.

Mike Greer 2 years, 5 months ago

@ John Brazeiton - obviously you were never a student athlete or the parent of one. Try missing days of classes every week so you can travel to the next event, or the countless hours of practice student athletes put in, and not get any special treatment to keep you from getting behind in your class. I've had a student athlete, I know how difficult it is for them, but I've also had just students, and if they choose to take advantage of them, there are plenty of resources available. My youngest was not an athlete, but when she had calculus one semester, she signed up for tutoring the first day. Help is available if students choose to use it.

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