Kopriva Named to CoSIDA/Capital One Academic All-District First Team
Junior Moves on to National Academic All-America Ballot
Jan. 30, 2014
WASHINGTON - George Washington men's basketball junior John Kopriva has been named to the Capital One Academic All-District 2 First Team as selected by CoSIDA, the organization announced on Thursday. Kopriva moves on to the Capital One Academic All-America® Team ballot, where first-, second- and third-team All-America honorees will be selected later this month.
One of 44 NCAA Division I student-athletes across eight regions voted to a first team, Kopriva joins Lafayette's Seth Hinrichs and Joey Ptasinski, Louisville's Wayne Blackshear, Loyola University Maryland's Franz Rassman and West Virginia's Kevin Noreen on the All-District 2 First Team. The CoSIDA/Capital One Academic All-America program's District 2 is comprised of Delaware, Kentucky, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and the District of Columbia. Kopriva is one of three Atlantic 10 Conference players to earn All-District first team honors along with Rhode Island's Gilvydas Biruta and Saint Louis' Jake Barnett.
Kopriva, a chemistry major and team co-captain from Milwaukee, Wis., boasts a 3.93 cumulative grade-point average and has been named to the A-10 Commissioner's Honor Roll and GW Athletic Academic Dean's List in each of his five semesters. He was the recipient of the George Washington University Outstanding Academic Achievement Award last April for being in the top 2 percent of his curriculum based on GPA.
Along with his eligibility for the national CoSIDA Academic All-America ballot, Kopriva is also nominated for the 2013-14 NABC Good Works Team based on his extensive campus and community service engagement. Kopriva averages 2.2 points and 2.7 rebounds in 13.2 minutes per game so far this season for the 17-3 Colonials.
Kopriva, who is GW men's basketball's second Academic All-District selection in as many years with Nemanja Mikic's recognition last January, will seek to join several former GW men's basketball players recognized with Academic All-America honors - Pat Tallent (1976), Tom Tate (1978), Mike Zagardo (1978), Mike Samson (1979), Steve Frick (1986, 1987), Alexander Koul (1997, 1998) and Yegor Mescheriakov (1999).
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