Pirate Pair Earn CoSIDA Academic Honors

SPOKANE, Wash. – Whitworth men's basketball stars Wade Gebbers and Dustin McConnell have been named to the 2013 Capital One Academic All-District 8 Division III team recognizing excellence in the classroom and on the basketball floor.

Gebbers is now a two-time academic All-District honoree.  A 5-11 senior guard from Brewster, Washington, Gebbers is a Business Management major with a 3.88 GPA.  A team captain for the second year in a row, Gebbers is averaging 3.5 assists to go along with 10.6 points per game.  He leads the Pirates in three-pointers made this season (33) and in steals per game (1.6).

McConnell is making his first appearance on the Academic All-District 8 squad.  The 5-11 junior guard from Clarkston, Washington is an education major with a 3.90 GPA.  He is Whitworth's leading scorer this season, averaging 13.7 points per game.  He ranks among the Northwest Conference leaders in both three-point percentage (42.4) and free throw percentage (85.0).

The pair has led the Pirates to an 18-1 overall record and 10-0 mark in the NWC this season.  Whitworth has a chance to claim its fourth straight NWC championship and sixth in the last seven years.  The Pirates are currently ranked 3rd in the D3hoops.com top-25 poll.

The Academic All-District teams are voted on by regional sports information directors.  To be eligible for nomination, a player must be a starter or important reserve with a 3.30 cumulative grade point average and of at least sophomore standing.

Both are now eligible to be selected to the Capital One Academic All-America Division III team.

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