ATLANTA – University of Louisville sophomore Wayne Blackshear was named the recipient of the Elite 89 Award for the 2013 Final Four.
Founded by the NCAA, the Elite 89 Award is presented to the player with the highest cumulative grade-point
average participating at the finals site for each of the NCAA’s
Blackshear received the award during the Men’s Final Four Salute Presentation Thursday night.
A communications major, Blackshear carries a 3.55 grade-point average. The Chicago native is a starting small forward for the Cardinals, averaging 7.8 points and 3.2 rebounds per game. He's third on the team with 43 3-pointers.
All grade-point averages are based on a straight grading scale to ensure consistency among institutions. All ties are broken by the number of credits completed.
Freshmen are not eligible for the award, which goes to the sophomore-or-above who have participated in his or her sport for at least two years at their school. They must be an active member of the team, traveling and competing at the championship.
U of L's basketball team posted a program-best 3.41 grade-point average in the fall semester, and has the lone Academic All-American remaining alive in the NCAA Tournament -- Peyton Siva.
Siva also was named the Big East's Scholar-Athlete of the Year.