COLCHESTER, Vt. - Saint Michael's College men's basketball senior Levi Holmes III (East Brunswick, N.J./Rutgers Prep) registered his second career Google Cloud NCAA Division II Academic All-America accolade on Tuesday, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Holmes earned a position on the second team.
Holmes, who landed on the third squad as a junior, joined women's basketball senior Emily Ferreri in claiming Google Cloud Academic All-America laurels on Tuesday, as they are among only four two-time Academic All-America picks in College annals. Michel Dupont '98 (men's ice hockey) and Tim Williamson '08 (men's soccer) were the first two. Holmes matches Joe Smoolca '85, a second teamer in 1984-85, for the highest placement among members of his program, with Smoolca the only other Academic All-America men's basketball player at Saint Michael's. Holmes is one of eight student-athletes ever at the College to place on one of the top two teams.
Holmes, who advanced to the national ballot after earning his second 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 representatives of the Northeast-10 Conference, each of which claimed a spot on the five-player second team. Winners were selected by members of CoSIDA. The College has now had at least one student-athlete claim Academic All-America five of the last seven school years.
Ferreri and Holmes remain among 13 student-athletes in College history to earn the recognition, with those Purple Knights accounting for 17 selections. Saint Michael's joined only Southeastern Oklahoma State University and Tarleton State (Texas) University in having one basketball player from each gender named Academic All-America this year, but only Saint Michael's had one of each on the first two teams. Ferreri was a first teamer.
Holmes, the first two-time Academic All-American in program history, averaged 20.2 points, buoyed by five 30-point games, as he stands third in the NCAA East Region in free throw shooting (89.7%), fifth in three-point percentage (44.1%) and threes made per game (3.0), and 11th in scoring. Among all Division II players, Holmes is 20th in both free throw accuracy and three-point success. He added a career-high 1.1 steals and matched a best with 4.2 rebounds while dishing off 1.6 assists per contest.
A second-year captain, Holmes is a double major in economics and mathematics while registering a 3.54 cumulative grade-point average. He landed Division II Conference Commissioner's Association (D2 CCA) All-Region as a junior and has been a two-time NE10 All-Conference and NE10 Academic All-Conference pick. Holmes has qualified for the NE10 Academic Honor Roll seven times.
Holmes will graduate with the best career three-point percentage (45.3%) and free throw percentage (87.0%) in program history, and is third in three-pointers (278), fourth in points (1,784), fifth in scoring average (17.7) and 10th in field goals (603). Holmes' career scoring average was the best by a Purple Knight since 1974. He sits fourth in NE10 history in career three-point percentage and fifth in free throw success rate, and also owns three of the four best single-season free-throw percentages in program history.
Holmes netted 37 points behind 7-of-10 three-point shooting against Molloy (N.Y.) College on Nov. 10 before contributing a similar showing on Feb. 20 with 35 points on a 9-of-14 display from beyond the arc against regionally-ranked Bentley University. He came within one three-pointer of a school record he shares during the Bentley contest. Holmes posted 33 points and nine rebounds while shooting 10-of-10 on free throws versus Post University on Dec. 18, going 5-of-10 from deep, before totaling 32 points versus The College of Saint Rose on Jan. 9, connecting on all 12 free throw tries and 4-of-7 from beyond the arc. Holmes turned in another 30-point contest at Franklin Pierce University on Feb. 9, going 13-of-14 on free throws and 3-of-5 on threes.
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.
2018-19 Academic All-America® Division II Men's Basketball Team
|Isaac Asrat||Lubbock Christian University||Sr.||4.00||Mathematics|
|Nathan Davis||Seton Hill University||Jr.||3.95||Spanish|
|Jakob Lowrance||University of Central Missouri||Sr.||3.97||Sport Management|
|Grant Olsson||Lincoln University||Sr.||4.00||Physics|
|Brindley Theisen||St. Cloud State University||Sr.||3.95||Accounting|
|Dalton Bolon||West Liberty University||Jr.||3.87||Exercise Physiology / Human Biology|
|Tyler Cartaino||Chaminade University||Jr.||3.83||Accounting|
|Levi Holmes III||Saint Michael's College||Sr.||3.54||Economics / Mathematics|
|Ryan Richmond||Bentley University||Sr.||3.41||Finance|
|Peyton Wejnert||Pace University||Jr.||3.89||Finance|
|Kevin Buckingham||Southeastern Oklahoma State University||Jr.||3.53||Health & Human Performance|
|Luke Gibson||Newberry College||Jr.||3.98||Accounting|
|Jesse Hill||Tarleton State University||Sr.||3.95||Business|
|Ben Sonnefeld||Colorado School of Mines||Gr.||3.73||Mechanical Engineering|
|Alex Stein||University of Southern Indiana||Gr.||3.45||Business Administration|
Google Cloud Academic All-America® Team Member of the Year: Isaac Asrat, Lubbock Christian University