Belmont's Hedgepeth, Saunders Named Academic All-District

Thursday, February 02, 2012

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - For the second consecutive year, Belmont University men's basketball seniors Mick Hedgepeth (Crossville, Ala.) and Scott Saunders (New Orleans, La.) have been named to the Capital One Academic All-District First Team.

Hedgepeth, the reigning Atlantic Sun Tournament Most Valuable Player, has 53 double figure scoring games to his credit and is one of 11 Bruins of the NCAA era to score over 1,000 career points. The 6-9 forward was named 2011 NACDA Scholar-Athlete of the Year for men's basketball, and is one of 10 finalists for the 2012 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award. Hedgepeth sports a 3.71 grade-point average in his chosen major of accounting.

Saunders, who went on to receive Capital One Academic All-America honors last year, was a 2011 Second Team All-Atlantic Sun selection. Among the Atlantic Sun Conference's active leaders in career scoring, rebounding and free throw percentage, the 6-10 forward scored 23 points in consecutive games against Austin Peay and Marshall this season. Saunders holds a 3.84 GPA in his chosen majors of finance and marketing.

Hedgepeth and Saunders are the 14th and 15th Belmont men's basketball student-athletes to receive Capital One Academic All-District honors, and the first duo so recognized in back-to-back years.

Both Hedgepeth and Saunders advance to the national Capital One Academic All-America Team ballot, where First, Second and Third Team All-America honorees will be selected later this month.

Belmont men's basketball leads the nation in Capital One Academic All-Americans since joining the Atlantic Sun Conference in 2001-02 with nine.

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The Atlantic Sun Conference is an NCAA Division I league with 10 member institutions committed to Building Winners for Life. The A-Sun meets the challenge of maintaining the highest standards in academic and athletic achievement with a true balance between student and athlete. Headquartered in Macon, Ga., the A-Sun boasts six of the top eight media markets in the Southeast. The A-Sun includes a blend of the most prestigious and dynamic private and public institutions in the region: Belmont University, East Tennessee State University, Florida Gulf Coast University, Jacksonville University, Kennesaw State University, Lipscomb University, Mercer University, University of North Florida, University of South Carolina Upstate and Stetson University. Northern Kentucky University will join the A-Sun beginning July 1, 2012.