March 3, 2010
IRVING, Texas - Baylor senior center Josh Lomers was selected to the 2010 Academic All-Big 12 Men's Basketball first team, the league office announced Wednesday. Lomers becomes the first Baylor player in the Big 12 era to earn three consecutive first-team honors.
Lomers, a double major in human resource management and finance, is the sixth first-team Academic All-Big 12 selection under head coach Scott Drew. He currently ranks as the Baylor career leader in victories (77) and field goal percentage (66.3), while ranking second behind teammate Tweety Carter with 122 career games played. Lomers also ranks eighth in Baylor history with 73 career blocked shots.
The Boerne, Texas, native is enjoying the best season of his college career, averaging 6.7 points, 3.7 rebounds and 17.3 minutes in 29 games this season. Lomers is scheduled to graduate from Baylor in May.
Nominated by each institution's director of student-athlete support services and media relations offices, the men's basketball academic all-league squad consisted of 12 first-team members combined with nine on the second team. First-team members have recorded a 3.20 or better GPA, while the second team are those with a 3.00 to 3.19 GPA.
To qualify student-athletes must maintain a 3.00 GPA or higher either cumulative or in the two previous semesters and have participated in 60 percent of his 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.
Baylor (23-6, 10-5), ranked No. 21 in the latest AP Top 25 Poll, will try to clinch a first-round bye in next week's Phillips 66 Big 12 Men's Championship when the Bears host the Texas Longhorns Saturday in the Ferrell Center. Tip-off is scheduled for 3:05 p.m. CST on ESPN. Prior to the game, Baylor will honor its 2010 senior class - Lomers and Carter.
Texas placed a league-leading five selections on the squad - three on the first team and two on the second.
BAYLOR ACADEMIC ALL-BIG 12 SELECTIONS (SINCE 1997)
1997: Doug Brandt (first team)
1998: John Perkins (first team)
1999: Austin Allen (honorable mention), Grant McCasland (honorable mention)
2002: Logan Kosmalski (first team), Chad Henry (second team), Kevin Henry (second team), Andre White (second team)
2003: Andre White (second team)
2004: Robbie McKenzie (first team)
2006: Mark Shepherd (first team), Aaron Bruce (second team)
2008: Josh Lomers (first team), Mark Shepherd (first team)
2009: Josh Lomers (first team)
2010: Josh Lomers (first team)