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Pair of Ivies Earn Academic Honors

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

UPDATE 2/25/09: Columbia's Patrick Foley was named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America Men's Basketball Team as a third-team member, becoming the second Lion men's basketball player ever to earn Academic All-America honors (Shane Cotner, 1978) and the first Columbian in any sport to make the Academic All-America team since 2006.

Academic All-America CoSIDA Release [.pdf]

Academic All-District CoSIDA Release [.pdf]

Courtesy: Columbia and Yale Athletic Communications

PRINCETON, N.J. — Columbia junior Patrick Foley (Blue Point, N.Y.) and Yale senior Ross Morin (Cincinnati, Ohio) have been named to the CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District men's basketball first team, as announced by CoSIDA on Thursday. The two earned District I honors and will now advance to the national ballot for Academic All-America consideration.

Despite seeing time in just 11 games this season due to injury, Foley is Columbia's leading scorer at 11.9 points per game and has handed out 2.6 assists per game. The political science major also gets it done in the classroom, carrying a 3.81 grade point average.

It is the third straight year that a Columbian has been named to the first team in District I. Ben Nwachukwu was named to the first team in 2007 and 2008.

Morin, a political science major, has started all 18 games for the Bulldogs. He is eighth in the Ivy League in scoring, seventh in field goal percentage (.502) and fifth in rebounding (6.1 rpg.).

Off the court, Morin is a "Big Sib" for Ezra Stiles College at Yale and has been a Yale Youth Day volunteer.

The CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America men's basketball teams are scheduled to be released on February 25.