Feb. 4, 2010
SAN FRANCISCO - Junior forward Nedeljko Golubovic earned his second straight exclusive spot on the First-Team Academic All-District 8 team and is on the ballot to be selected as an Academic All-American.
Golubovic (of Pjevlja, Serbia) is majoring in Psychology and has earned a cumulative 3.86 grade point average, the highest of honorees along the West Coast, through his five semesters at Fresno State, including three distinctions on the President's List during a trio of perfect 4.0 GPA semesters and five selections to the Dean's List. He is also a two-time Academic All-WAC award winner.
Golubovic's selection puts him back in an elite group, as he was the only University Division student-athlete from a California college and joined Nevada's Luke Babbitt, Boise State's Kurt Cunningham and Utah State's Tyler Newbold as representatives from Western Athletic Conference schools. Last season, Golubovic was the lone WAC honoree and the recognition was the first by a Bulldog in program history.
In his three-year career with the Bulldogs, Golubovic has earned starts in 43 of his 88 games played. In those contests, he recorded 470 points, 297 rebounds, 85 assists and 49 steals for an average of 5.3 points and 3.4 rebounds per contest on under 22 minutes. Some of his best performances came last season when he scored a career-high 18 points in a 68-66 victory over Nevada and pounded the boards for 11 rebounds in the `Dogs 62-58 opening round win against Hawai'i in 2009 WAC Tournament.
This season, Golubovic showcased his leadership skills as Fresno State's team captain and has played in 22 of 23 games despite suffering from two hand injuries during a December practice session.
As a sophomore, he registered 34 starts, 7.3 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.3 assists per contest after a freshman campaign when he saw action he every game and started in nine games.
District 8 includes all of the Pac-10, Big West and West Coast Conference schools, most WAC schools (Louisiana Tech and New Mexico State are each in different districts), UNLV and San Diego State from the MWC and the western Big Sky Conference schools (Sacramento State, Portland State, Eastern Washington and Idaho State). The teams were selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) members.
During Cleveland's tenure, the Fresno State men's basketball team has continued to build a solid foundation for success. Cleveland takes great pride in the academic achievements by his student-athletes that led to record numbers of Bulldogs completing their degrees and soaring Academic Performance Rates.
"I'm very proud of the young men in our program who have bought into what we stand for as a program and have taken getting their education a top priority," said Cleveland. "We want a program that is going to graduate players, win games on the court and represent our community with class. We have an outstanding group of young men who are committed to that vision."
"We are Your Team!" - The Bulldog women return home Wednesday, February 10 as they welcome Idaho to the Save Mart Center at 7 p.m. and the Bulldog men are back in the Save Mart Center on Feb. 11 to face first-place New Mexico State. Tickets can be purchased through the Save Mart Center Box Office, by calling 559-485-TIXS or through Ticketmaster.com.
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