Senior guard Darris Nichols was the receipient of the Big East Sportsmanship Award, along with Ronald Ramon of Pitt. Nichols has played in 135 games, more than any other player in WVU history. This season, he is averaging 11.2 points and 3.3 assists per contest.
West Virginia University guard Ted Talkington, who has been a member of teams that reached the NCAA Championship round of 16 and won the NIT title, has been chosen the 2007-08 Big East/Aeropostale Men's Basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year. The selection was made by the Conference's Academic Affairs Committee.
A senior from New Martinsville, W.Va., Talkington will receive a $2,000 scholarship, which may be applied to graduate or professional studies. He is the second West Virginia player in the last three years to win the award, joining 2006 winner Joe Herber.
Talkington appeared in 20 games in 2007-08, helping the Mountaineers to a 22-9 overall record, an 11-7 mark in the Big East and the No. 5 seed in the Big East Championship. He ranked as one of the Mountaineers' most efficient outside shooters, finishing the regular season with a 46.2-percent clip from 3-point range.
Talkington holds a 3.73 grade-point average as a chemistry major and has already accepted an offer of admission to West Virginia University Medical School. He has been a Dean's List student every year as an undergraduate and has been named to the Big East All-Academic Team in each of his first three years.
Talkington has been involved with a number of community service efforts, including the Mountaineers' Read Aloud program at area schools. He has been active with fundraising for Hurricane Katrina relief, visited the pediatric ward of West Virginia Children's Hospital and has delivered gifts to the Ronald McDonald House and worked with the local Make-A-Wish Foundation.
The Big East/Aeropostale Scholar-Athlete Awards were established to recognize student-athletes who have achieved success in the classroom and in athletics. Aeropostale sponsors all of the conference's academic awards for graduate or professional school studies and has provided apparel items to all participants at men's and women's Big East Championship events. In addition, the Big East/Aeropostale Administrative Fellowship Program provides a qualified former student-athlete the opportunity to work at the Big East Conference office to learn the essential elements of athletics administration. Aeropostale and the Big East have been partners since 1999.