GSAC athletes Taylor Belmont of Vanguard and Andre Murillo of Biola have been named to the Capital One Academic All-America® Basketball second team for the College Division.
A player must be a starter or an important reserve player on their university or college team, with a minimum 3.30 cumulative GPA to be eligible for this honor.
After earning a spot on the Capital One Academic All-District squad, Senior Taylor Belmont (Oregon City, Ore.) was voted to the Capital One Academic All-America® Women's Basketball College Division Second Team.
The Lions' point guard was one of five players selected nationwide for second team honors.
Belmont, a senior studying Biological Sciences with a minor in Religion, boasts a 3.79 grade point average while starting on the nation's No. 1 basketball team. She is a captain on the undefeated squad and has started all 22 of the Lions' contests.
On the season, the five-foot-five-inch Belmont has accumulated eight double-doubles and a pair of impressive triple-doubles for the Blue and Gold.
She averages 15.4 points per game (8th GSAC) and leads the NAIA in assists per game (8.5). With 186 assists, Belmont ranks second nationwide in total assists and third in assist-to-turnover ratio.
On the academic side, Belmont is a three-year (2010, 2011, 2012) recipient of Vanguard academic honors and a two-time Golden State Athletic Conference Scholar-Athlete. She received the VU Champions of Character award in 2012 and was the conference's Leroy Walker nominee for the national award.
Belmont serves as a mentor (Lion) in Vanguard Athletics' Character Class and is a member of the Beyond Athletic Ministry (BAM) team. She leads a bible study with the women's basketball squad and has performed the spoken word in front of her peers at Vanguard's athletic chapel. This summer, Belmont plans to travel with a group of Lions' coaches and student-athletes to Tanzania, Africa for a mission's trip.
Andre Murillo is the Eagles' highest scorer, biggest rebounder and he keeps up in the classroom as well. This is evidenced by his recognition as Biola's sixth Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-American of the year.
Murillo becomes one of 10 players in the College Division to attain this honor. He was named to the second team of five student-athletes in the college division.
Murillo leads the team in scoring (16.8) and rebounding (9.9) and field goal percentage (.565).
He was named a Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-District athlete earlier in the year, and was named an Academic All-American after another round of voting by the members of CoSIDA.
This is Murillo's second academic award of his Biola career, he was an NAIA and Golden State Athletic Conference Scholar-Athlete in his first season with the team (2011-12).
Murillo is in his final season with the Eagles, and he has a chance to become a two-time scholar-athlete later this year.
Since 1952, the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) has honored more than 20,000 outstanding student-athletes with this prestigious award, which became known as the Capital One Academic All-America® in 2011. The program used to select teams from just two divisions -- the University Division, comprised of Division I schools; and the College Division, which included Division II, Division III, NAIA schools, and 2-year colleges. To better honor the diversity of collegiate talent, however, the program was expanded in 2011 to include four divisions: Division I, Division II, Division III, and the College division that includes NAIA, two-year colleges, and Canadian schools.
For the complete release, go to Capital One Academic All-America.