March 6, 2014
Senior Rice University men’s basketball guard Austin Ramljak was named to the Conference USA All-Academic team for a second-straight year, the league office announced on Thursday.
Ramljak is joined on the squad by Charlotte’s Ben Cherry, the Florida Atlantic duo of Justin Raffington and Jackson Trapp and Vertrail Vaughns of North Texas. Cherry joined Ramljak on the team last season as well, when he played at Tulane.
Ramljak leads Rice in scoring average, with 11.7 points per game and ranks among both the league and national leaders in three-point shooting. His 83 treys on the season are tied for the program record and the Thousand Oaks, Calif. native has knocked down a three-pointer in 33-straight games dating back to last season. It is the second-longest such streak in program history.
Ramljak has led the Owls in scoring nine times this season, including a career-high 25 points against Rider earlier this year. His seven three-pointers at Houston Baptist in December are just one shy of Rice’s single-game mark. Despite just playing two seasons, Ramljak ranks eighth in Rice history in three-pointers made, with 155.
In addition to his exploits on the court, Ramljak has amassed quite the collection of academic honors in his two seasons with the Owls. He was named the 2013 Conference USA men’s basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year, a member of the NABC Honors Court and C-USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll and was awarded a Conference USA Academic Medal last season. He holds a 3.24 grade point average and will graduate in May with a degree in Psychology.
Rice has had at least one representative on the Conference USA All-Academic team since its inception in 2007.
Ramljak and fellow senior scholar athlete Bahrom Firozgary will be honored before the Owls’ regular season finale on Thursday night. Tipoff against Louisiana Tech is set for 7 p.m. at Tudor Fieldhouse. Rice then heads west for the Conference USA Championship next week in El Paso.
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