May 11, 1998
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Notre Dame men’s basketball senior forward Pat Garrity has been awarded an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship, which consists of a $5,000 award for the postgraduate study of his choice.
Garrity is one of five NCAA Division I men’s basketball student-athletes to receive the award and the other winners are: Drew Hansen of Utah, Matt Harpring of Georgia Tech, Dan Muller of Illinois State, Corey Reed of Radford and Nathan Smith of American University.
Garrity becomes the fourth Notre Dame men’s basketball player to earn an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship — joining Bob Arnzen (1969), Gary Novak (1974) and John Paxson (1983).
Garrity holds a 3.679 grade point average with a major in science in pre-professional studies and is a two-time GTE Academic All-America first team selection. Garrity was also named the 1998 GTE Academic All-American in the sport of men’s basketball.
He was named the winner of the Notre Dame Club of St. Joseph Valley Rockne Student-Athlete Award for men’s basketball in March. Garrity is also one of five winners of this year’s Byron V. Kanaley Award, given to the Notre Dame student-athletes each year who have been most exemplary as student-athletes.
Garrity earned second-team honors All-America honors this season from the Associated Press and The Sporting News and was a third-team selection by the United States Basketball Writers Association and Basketball Weekly.
Garrity led the Irish in scoring (23.2) and rebounding (8.3) in ’97-’98, leading all BIG EAST Conference scorers and earning first-team all-BIG EAST honors by vote of the coaches. Despite playing only three seasons in the league, Garrity finished as the 15th-best scorer in the history of the BIG EAST (regular-season games only).
One of 10 finalists for the Naismith Award and one of 15 finalists for the Wooden Award, Garrity finished as the third-highest career scorer in Notre Dame basketball history with 2,085 points. He started all 111 games in his career, scored 20 or more points in 48 career games, scored in double figures in his last 46 games and in 85 of his last 88.