Golubovic Named First-Team Academic All-District 8
Feb. 5, 2009
HONOLULU - Sophomore forward Nedeljko Golubovic earned an exclusive spot on the First-Team Academic All-District 8 team and now is on the ballot to be selected as an Academic All-American.
This is believed to be the first such honor for a Fresno State men's basketball student-athlete in the history of the program.
"It's a great honor for Ned as he is a young man who dedicates himself 100 percent on and off the court," head coach Steve Cleveland said of Golubovic's achievement. "This is also a reflection of where our program is going academically."
Golubovic (of Pjevlja, Serbia) is majoring in Psychology and has earned a cumulative 3.76 grade point average in his three semesters at Fresno State, including a distinction on the President's List during the Fall 2007 semester for a perfect 4.0 GPA.
Golubovic's selection puts him in an elite group, as he was the only University Division student-athlete from a California college and the only representative from a Western Athletic Conference school to earn recognition.
On the floor, Golubovic has started all 22 games while averaging 7.3 points and 4.7 rebounds per game over the course of the 2008-09 season. The sophomore forward has upped his numbers in WAC play while averaging 7.7 points and 5.0 rebounds on 50 percent shooting from the field in the first seven conference games. He surpassed the 300-point career mark in his 52nd game as a Bulldog on Jan. 24, 2009 against San Jose State.
Golubovic joined Matt Stucki (Idaho State), Taylor Rochestie (Washington State), Daven Harmeling (Washington State) and Benny Valentine (Eastern Washington) as first-team members of the University Division District 8 team.
District 8 includes all of the Pac-10, Big West and West Coast Conference schools, most WAC schools (LA 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.
Over the past year, 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 during 2008 that led to six Bulldogs completing their degrees. The graduating seniors included: Kevin Bell (Africana Studies), Renato Cesar (Kinesiology), Hector Hernandez (Criminology), Eddie Miller (Africana Studies), Ajay Riding (Communication) and Shawn Taylor (Africana Studies).
The men's basketball program also made the biggest improvement of any Fresno State program in their team grade point average, jumping to a 2.86, up from a 2.296 in the fall of 2007. Eight Bulldog student-athletes had a GPA of 3.0 or better, five more than accomplished that in the fall of 2007.
"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."
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