Lourdes University’s Jake DuPree (2010 Whiteford graduate) has been named to the Capital One Academic All-District I First Team men’s basketball team in the college division as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) for the third straight season.
A total of five student-athletes across the 22-state district were selected for the honor. DuPree joins Kevin Rich from Davenport as the only representatives from the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference.
“This is an unbelievable achievement for Jake,” head coach Andre Smith stated. “This is more gratifying than any game-winning shot. Jake has always understood what it means to be a student-athlete. I could have a record of 0-100 and still be happy as a coach if I were to have a team full of Jake DuPrees.”
DuPree, a fifth-year senior guard, has started 23 of 25 games this season for the Gray Wolves. He leads the team with 99 assists and 62 steals while averaging 9.9 points per game. His 2.48 steals per game rank sixth nationally in NAIA Division II and his 2.68 assist-to-turnover ratio is 28th best in the country. DuPree is also the team’s second best free throw shooter, connecting at a 76.8% clip this season.
In the classroom DuPree carries a 3.91 cumulative grade point average as a business marketing major.
He is the first Lourdes men’s basketball player to become a three-time Academic All-District honoree.
To be eligible for Academic All-District honors, student-athletes must hold at least sophomore status, own a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.30 and be either a starter or key reserve. The college division consists of all NAIA, Canadian, and two-year schools. District I consists of schools in Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, North Carolina, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Virginia, Vermont, and West Virginia, as well as Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia. After student-athletes are nominated by their respective institutions, the teams are then voted upon by members of CoSIDA.
By being named to the Academic All-District First Team, he now advances to the Capital One Academic All-America Team ballot, where All-America honorees will be selected February 23.