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Wednesday, April 13, 2022

KU’s David McCormack named Big 12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year for men’s basketball

Kansas forward David McCormack (33) roars after a dunk before Texas guard Courtney Ramey (3) during overtime on Saturday, March 5, 2022 at Allen Fieldhouse. The Jayhawks defeated the Longhorns, 70-63 to win a share of the Big 12 conference title.

Kansas forward David McCormack (33) roars after a dunk before Texas guard Courtney Ramey (3) during overtime on Saturday, March 5, 2022 at Allen Fieldhouse. The Jayhawks defeated the Longhorns, 70-63 to win a share of the Big 12 conference title.

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Fresh off of winning a national title in New Orleans, Kansas forward David McCormack was named the Big 12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year for men’s basketball on Tuesday.

The honor adds to a strong list of accolades handed out to McCormack in recent weeks, including a spot on the NCAA Tournament all-tournament team.

As was the plan coming in, the senior from Norfolk, Virginia, graduated from KU in three years with a degree in communications studies. He carries a 3.50 grade-point average and is currently studying digital content strategy in graduate school.

On the court, he averaged 10.6 points and seven rebounds for the Jayhawks during his senior season while posting 11 double-doubles, including a 15-points, 10-rebound effort against North Carolina in the national title game.

During his KU career, McCormack was a three-time Academic All-Big 12 first team honoree.

He becomes the second Kansas player to win the Big 12 Men’s Basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year honor since its inception during the 2012-13 season. Former KU great Perry Ellis was a two-time recipient of the award in 2015 and 2016.

Joining McCormack in representing KU this year is senior swimmer Kate Steward, who was named the 2022 Big 12 Women’s Swimming & Diving Scholar Athlete of the Year this week.

The awards are handed out after a vote of the Big 12’s head coaches in each sport.

Comments

W Keith Swinehart II 1 month, 1 week ago

Tremendous accomplishment. I hope he continues to represent KU as long as he is in school. But the purpose of advanced schooling is advanced education. Whatever his choice he is to be congratulated.

Jonathan Allison 1 month, 1 week ago

a well-deserved honor for an amazing young man.

Dirk Medema 1 month, 1 week ago

Worth noting, Cole Aldrich won the 2009–10 men's college basketball Academic All-American of the Year, which predates the conference version of the award. I think this was part of the basis for retiring Cole’s jersey.

Bryce Landon 1 month, 1 week ago

Congratulations, David! I've heard he wants to go into broadcasting, and if he works as hard at getting into broadcasting as he has in developing his on-court game, I have no doubt his dream will come true!

Lee Short 1 month, 1 week ago

David, I know your career was very hit and miss. One of two games on, then one of two off. I think you can turn this into a positive in whatever you do. When you read about success stories of famous people, they often had a lot of downs they learned from. Your academics are so awesome, it will open so many doors. That, plus your fame. You will have more credibility than almost anyone talking about success and what it means to build on challenges you've gone through.

Really proud of you. You are so gifted in so many ways. And, you are amazingly articulate. Someone mentioned you look like a famous Roman emperor as well, given your chiselled looks. That can't hurt either. :)

The sky is the limit for you in whatever you do. Congrats on your academic accomplishments to go with the others.

Blake Brown 1 month, 1 week ago

Nice post Lee.

Love it. An all around good guy who has excelled in many different areas.

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