March 6, 2008
WACO, Texas - Senior Mark Shepherd and sophomore Josh Lomers were selected to the 2008 Academic All-Big 12 Men's Basketball Team the league office announced on Thursday. This marks the first time in program history that Baylor has earned two first-team academic all-conference selections.
Texas led the conference with six selections -- four on the first team and two on the second.
Shepherd is a graduate student in the Baylor MBA program after graduating in May of 2007 with a bachelor's degree in business. He also earned Academic All-Big 12 first-team honors in 2006, and is a four-time selection to the Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll. Shepherd has seen action in all 29 of Baylor's games, earning starts in the last five games for the Bears. He averages 1.6 points and 12.6 minutes per game for Baylor.
Lomers is a pre-business major and earns his first Academic All-Big 12 selection. He has started 24 of 28 games played and shoots a team-best 62.0 percent from the floor. He averages 3.9 points and 2.3 rebounds per game and has recorded 21 blocked shots on the season.
Nominated by each institution's director of student-athlete support services and the media relations offices, the men's basketball academic all-league team consisted of 10 first team members combined with 10 on the second team. First team members consist of those who have maintained a 3.20 or better GPA, and the second team are those who have a 3.00 to 3.19 GPA.
To qualify student-athletes must maintain a 3.00 GPA or higher either cumulative or the two previous semesters and must have participated in 60 percent of her 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.
The Bears return to action on Saturday as Baylor travels to Lubbock, Texas to face Texas Tech. Tipoff is scheduled for 12:45 p.m. at the United Spirit Arena and will be broadcast live on ESPN Plus.