Three-Time Honoree

Joe Herber

West Virginia University senior guard Johannes Herber has been named ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American of the Year for men's basketball, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

Herber is making his third appearance on the national team, having also earned first team honors last year and third team accolades in 2004. He carries a 4.0 GPA in political science. He is one of only two West Virginia men's basketballers to make the team. Forward Damian Owens was a one-time selections.

A product of Darmstadt, Germany, Herber has started 123 consecutive games, every game of his career. He has played more minutes than any other WVU player in school history and broke the school record for career starts against Seton Hall on Feb. 14. Herber became WVU's 43rd 1,000-point scorer against Connecticut and now has 1,036 career points, ranking 39th all time.

"It's a tremendous honor to receive this award," says Herber. "It's rewarding to know that my hard work has paid off and it tells me I'm doing the right thing. It's special for me to be on the first team, but it's really quite an honor to be the lone guy who received the Academic All-American of the Year award."

To be eligible, a student-athlete must have a minimum 3.20 cumulative grade point average on a 4.0 scale, be a starter or key reserve and have reached sophomore athletic and academic standing at his institution.

Created in 1952 by CoSIDA, the Academic All-America teams program is the premier, nationwide college scholar-athlete awards program. It recognizes 816 student-athletes annually in Division I, II, III and NAIA covering all NCAA championship sports.

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