April 1, 2010
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - Washington State University student-athletes Nikola Koprivica and Abe Lodwick have been named to the 2010 Pacific-10 Men's Basketball All-Academic Teams, conference commissioner Larry Scott announced Thursday.
This year marks the fourth-straight season the Cougars have placed multiple student-athletes on the first and/or second teams. Koprivica was named to the first team for the second-straight season, picking up his third-straight Pac-10 all-academic honor, while Lodwick earned second team accolades for the first time. Last year four Cougars were named to the all-academic first team. Over the last four seasons, WSU has earned all-academic honors 14 times.
A native of Belgrade, Serbia, Koprivica is majoring in International Business with a 3.32 grade point average. This is the senior's third-consecutive all-academic honor after being named to the second team as a sophomore in 2008 and the first team last season as a junior. The team's lone upperclassman, Koprivica played all 31 games, starting 10, while averaging 25.2 minutes per outing. He ranked fourth on the team with 8.9 points a game and 15th in the Pac-10 and tied for second on the team with 5.1 rebounds per game. Playing at the power forward position for the first time in his career, Koprivica ranked third in the conference with a .426 3-point field goal percentage as he made 43 of 101 attempts. As a senior Koprivica nearly doubled his number of 3-pointers made his first three seasons and scored 19 more points than he did in his first three years (276 points as a senior).
Lodwick, a redshirt sophomore from Bend, Ore. is a communication major with a 3.26 grade point average. He is an all-academic honoree for the first time. Lodwick played in 28 of the team's 31 games, starting 21 of them. He averaged 2.5 points and 2.5 rebounds after moving from the small forward to the power forward position this season. Against Portland State Dec. 19, Lodwick scored a career-high 13 points and grabbed eight rebounds. He had his best Pac-10 scoring performance with 11 points at home against USC (Feb. 20). Over his career, Lodwick is averaging nearly two points and two rebounds an outing in 49 games.
Washington State's two honorees are the second-most among Pac-10 schools, as Stanford notched three players on the all-academic squads. UCLA also had two representatives on the first and second teams, while Oregon State picked up an honoree on the first team and another as the lone honorable mention. To be eligible for selection to the academic team, a student-athlete must have a minimum 3.0 overall grade-point average and be either a starter or significant contributor.
Name, School, Year, GPA, Major
Mustafa Abdul-Hamid, UCLA, Jr., 3.81, Global Studies
Landry Fields, Stanford, Sr., 3.03, Communication
Nikola Koprivica, Washington State, Sr., 3.32, International Business
Roeland Schaftenaar, Oregon State, Sr., 3.17, Business
Drew Shiller, Stanford, Sr., 3.14, Communication
Name, School, Year, GPA, Major
Jorge Gutierrez, California, So., 3.09, Undeclared
Malcolm Lee, UCLA, So., 3.13, Undeclared
Abe Lodwick, Washington State, RS-So., 3.26, Communication
Garrett Sim, Oregon, So., 3.08, Undeclared
Jack Trotter, Stanford, So., 3.31, Undeclared
Name, School, Year
Kevin McShane, OSU, So.