SHSU Demarcus Gatlin Named Academic All-Southland Men's Basketball

DeMarcus Gatlin, junior guard for Sam Houston State, has been voted to the 10-member 2013 men’s basketball Academic All-Southland Conference honor squad.

The Houston Bush High School product holds a 3.11 overall grade point average as a kinesiology major. The junior started the first 22 games of the season before being sidelined by a knee injury. Gatlin averaged 22.8 minutes, 8.1 points and 4.1 rebounds. He was the leading scorer for the Kats in six game and posted double figure points in 10 contests.

A Dean’s List student and SHSU student-athlete advisory committee team representative, Gatlin becomes the 11th Bearkat men’s basketball player to earn Academic All-Southland Conference honors in the past decade. Those 11 players have received Academic All-Southland honors a total of 22 times in that time span.

Overall, during Sam Houston’s 26 seasons as a Southland member , 21 Bearkat men’s basketball players have been named academic all-league a total of 39 times.

Northwestern State junior guard Gary Stewart has been named the Southland Conference Men’s Basketball Student-Athlete of the Year, the league office announced Tuesday in conjunction with the release of the men’s basketball all-academic teams.

The 10 academic all-conference honorees were selected by a vote of the league's head coaches, sports information contacts and academic advisers. Student-athletes must possess a 3.0 cumulative GPA, have completed one full academic year at the nominating institution and participated in at least 50 percent of the team’s competition to qualify for the all-academic squad.

Other members of the team are Gary Stewart of Northwestern State; Desmond Haymon Jacob Parker and Thomas Walkup of Stephen F. Austin, Onochie Ochie from Southeastern Louisiana, Kevin Hardy of McNeese State, Jordan Harks from Central Arkansas and Linden Smith-Hyde of Nicholls State.

2012-13 Southland Conference Men’s Basketball All-Academic Teams

Name University Class GPA Major
Gary Stewart Northwestern State Jr. 3.52 Psychology
Mikey Manghum Oral Roberts Sr. 3.94 Finance
Kevin Hardy McNeese State So. 3.50 Electrical Engineering
Desmond Haymon Stephen F. Austin Jr. 3.20 Kinesiology
Jacob Parker Stephen F. Austin So. 3.54 Kinesiology

Name University Class GPA Major
DeMarcus Gatlin Sam Houston State Jr. 3.11 Kinesiology
Onochie Ochie Southeastern La. Jr. 3.31 Communication
Jordan Harks Central Arkansas Jr. 3.17 Marketing
Thomas Walkup Stephen F. Austin So. 3.41 Kinesiology
Linden Smith-Hyde Nicholls State Sr. 3.07 Mass Communication

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