COLCHESTER, Vt. - Saint Michael's College men's basketball junior Levi Holmes III (East Brunswick, N.J./Rutgers Prep) earned a prestigious College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) NCAA Division II Academic All-America honor on Tuesday, becoming the second member of his program ever recognized with the laurel. Holmes joins Joe Smoolca '85, in 1984-85, as the Purple Knights' Academic All-America picks.
Holmes, who advanced to the national ballot after earning an Academic All-District 1 selection last month, was one of 15 men from across Division II to be lauded on three teams due to their accomplishments both on the court and in the classroom. He was one of three from the Northeast-10 Conference, and landed on the five-player third squad. Winners were selected by members of CoSIDA. The College has now had at least one student-athlete claim the award four out of the last six school years.
Junior Emily Ferreri of the Saint Michael's women's basketball team was also named CoSIDA Academic All-America on Tuesday, as she and Holmes are the 12th and 13th student-athletes in College history to earn the recognition, with those Purple Knights accounting for 15 selections. Saint Michael's joined only Northern State (S.D.) University in having one basketball player from each gender named Academic All-America this year.
Also a Division II Conference Commissioner's Association (D2 CCA) East Region All-Region and NE10 All-Conference selection this winter, Holmes contributed 20 points in 19 of his team's 26 games, with his 24.1-point scoring average tying for the third-highest in program history, matching the best since 1964-65. It was also the fifth-best average in the 38-year history of the NE10. Holmes' 627 points were the most by a Purple Knight since 1966-67, and he set a school record by connecting on 89.9 percent of his free throws while also shooting 49.5 percent overall and 47.1 percent from three-point range, becoming the program's third player to make 90 threes in one season. He was second on the team in steals (27), third in rebounding (4.2) and fourth in assists (48).
The team's only captain this winter, Holmes is a double major in economics and mathematics while registering a 3.61 cumulative grade-point average. An NE10 Academic All-Conference pick and Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar as a sophomore, Holmes has qualified for the NE10 Commissioner's Honor Roll five times.
In the most recent national rankings, through March 11, Holmes was fifth in Division II in three-point shooting, sixth in scoring average, seventh in threes made per game (3.5), and 12th in free throw shooting. He led NCAA East Region players in all four categories. Holmes dropped 27 points on 6-of-10 three-point shooting at No. 5 Saint Thomas Aquinas (N.Y.) College on Nov. 12 before reaching 30 points for the first of five times with 31 on 5-of-7 long-range shooting at regionally-ranked The College of Saint Rose on Jan. 3. He put together a five-game run late in the season where he averaged 34.6 points, shooting 26-of-37 on threes in the first three contests. After tying a school record with 10 threes - in 13 tries - during a 38-point effort at Southern New Hampshire University on Jan. 31, he put up 43 points - the most by a Purple Knight in 51 years - on 9-of-12 three-point shooting versus Franklin Pierce University on Feb. 3. He added four assists and two steals in that game.
To be nominated for the Academic All-America program, a student-athlete must be at least a sophomore in academic standing, possess at least a 3.30 cumulative GPA and be a starter or significant reserve. The NCAA Division II District 1 consists of members of the NE10, Central Athletic Collegiate Conference (CACC) and East Coast Conference (ECC). Through the Academic All-America program, CoSIDA names separate teams at each the NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II and NCAA Division III levels, while the College Division team combines NAIA, Canadian and two-year schools.
2017-18 Academic All-America® Division II Men's Basketball Team
|Zach Fischer||Truman State University||Gr.||3.90 / 3.71||Accountancy|
|Julian Lipinski||The College of Saint Rose||Sr.||4.00||Finance|
|Daniel Monteroso||West Liberty University||Gr.||4.00 / 4.00||Education|
|DJ Pollard||Northern State University||Sr.||3.97||Biology|
|Isaac Vescovi||University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown||Sr.||3.99||Secondary Education|
|Evan French||West Liberty University||Jr.||4.00||Exercise Physiology|
|Jeff Larkin||Christian Brothers University||Sr.||3.85||Business Administration|
|Jakob Lowrance||University of Central Missouri||Jr.||3.96||Sports Management|
|Spencer Reaves||University of Central Missouri||Sr.||3.89||Physical Education|
|Brandon Simister||Dixie State University||Sr.||3.91||Biology|
|Michael Coffey||Adelphi University||Sr.||3.79||Accounting|
|Alex Hagan||Rockhurst University||Gr.||3.91 / 3.53||Business Intelligence|
|Levi Holmes III||Saint Michael's College||Jr.||3.61||Economics and Mathematics|
|Sam Philpott||Rollins College||Gr.||3.76 / 3.89||Master of Business Administration|
|Brady Skeens||Washburn University||Sr.||3.68||Business|
CoSIDA Academic All-America® of the Year: Daniel Monteroso, West Liberty University