Feb. 4, 2010
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Irish junior forward Tim Abromaitis (Unionville, Conn.) has been named to the 2010 ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA (College Sports Information Directors of America) Academic All-District V Men’s Basketball First Team. Abromaitis will now be among 40 individuals whose names will now appear on the national ballot. Voting will commence on Feb. 9 and the three national teams (five on each team) will be announced on Feb. 24, 2010.
Abromaitis is the first Notre Dame men’s basketball player to honored as a first team all-District V selection since Chris Quinn in 2006. Seven Irish players have earned Academic All-America honors on 12 occasions since 1967.
He is finance major in the Mendoza College of Business and owns a 3.72 grade point average. A three-time Dean’s List honoree, he will graduate in May 2010 (one full year ahead of his class) and will enroll in Notre Dame’s one-year intensified MBA program during the 2010-11 school year.
Currently the team’s second-leading scorer with a 16.7 scoring average, Abromaitis has scored in double figures in 20 of 22 contests and is averaging 4.7 rebounds. He leads the team in field goal percentage (.526), three-point field goal percentage (.477) and free-throw percentage (.859) and ranks third nationally in three-point field goal percentage.
After playing in just 12 games as a freshman in 2007-08 and not seeing action at all last season in 2008-09, Abromaitis has started each of Notre Dame’s last 14 games. He has scored 20-plus points in five-plus games and topped the 30-point mark on two occasions. He scored a career-high 31 points in his first career start against Central Florida and netted 30 points against DePaul.
He recorded his first career double-double last Saturday against Rutgers as he finished with 17 points and 10 rebounds.
Also named to the District V All-Academic Team were Gordon Hayward and Matt Howard of Butler; E’Twaun Moore of Purdue and David Nurse of Western Illinois.
Voting for the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District V Team was conducted by CoSIDA members in that district, which encompasses Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota and Wisconsin, as well as the Canadian provinces of Manitoba and Ontario. To qualify, student-athletes must hold at least sophomore status, own a minimum GPA of 3.3 or better, and be either a starter or key reserve for their team. Those student-athletes who earn first-team citations are eligible for Academic All-America honors as members of the national ballot.