Wabash senior forward Daniel Purvlicis (Noblesville, IN/Noblesville) became the NCAC's first men's basketball player to earn first-team Academic All-America honors since 2005, it was was announced on Tuesday (3/1) by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
Purvlicis, a rhetoric major and economics minor with a 3.87 cumulative grade-point-average, was one of five players voted to the Academic All-America First Team. He also earned a place on the All-NCAC First Team for the second consecutive season by a vote of the conference coaches.
Purvlicis led the Little Giant basketball team in scoring (17.8 points per game) and rebounding (8.4 boards per game). He finished the regular season ranked fourth in the nation in field goal percentage at 66.3 percent, best among NCAC players. He finished third in the NCAC in rebounding average and offensive rebounds per game (2.81) as well as blocked shots (37), total points (464), and double-doubles (7).
The last NCAC men's basketball player to earn a spot on the Division III Academic All-America's top team was Wooster's Matt Schlingman in the 2004-05 season.