Bright and McDaniel Pick Up Academic Award

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Sam Houston State seniors Ryan Bright and Shamir McDaniel have been named to the five-man ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District Six team compiled by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

District Six includes all NCAA Division I universities in Arkansas,
Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas.

As All-District selections, the five members of the team now will be listed on the national CoSIDA ballot for the 2008 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America squad.

Bright and McDaniel are joined on the team by D. J. Augustin of Texas,
Paulius Packevicius of Rice, and Ryan Wedel of Arkansas State.

Bright ranks second in NCAA Division I men's basketball in rebounds with 11.5 boards per game. The Deer Park product scores 11.2 points per contest. He ranks fourth in Sam Houston career rebounds with 875 and ninth in career scoring with 1,300 points. Bright was a first team All-Southland Conference selection and SLC Men's Basketball "Student-Athlete of the Year" in 2007. A kinesiology major, he sports a 3.59 overall grade point average.

McDaniel leads Sam Houston in scoring this season with 12.9 points per game. The Converse Judson product has ranked among the top three point shooters in the Southland Conference all season long. He was Southland Conference "Player of the Week" after scoring 18 points in Sam Houston's victory over Texas Tech. McDaniel received his bachelor's degree in marketing in August after compiling a 3.24 overall grade point average in marketing.