LYNCHBURG, VA – With all of the awards and accolades that Randolph College men's basketball senior guard Colton Hunt (Whittier, NC/Smoky Mountain) has received in his career his most impressive may have come Tuesday afternoon as Hunt was named as the Capital One CoSIDA Division III Men's Basketball Academic All-American of the Year.
The award is given to one player at the Division III level on both the men's and women's sides, and is selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Hunt earned the award over some 7,400 total players nationally that represent 410 Division III men's basketball teams.
Hunt, a Capital One Academic All-America third team honoree last season, leads the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) and ranks third in Division III in scoring at 24.8 points per game.
An economics major with a 3.94 G.P.A., Hunt is a four-time ODAC Player of the Week this season and a two-time D3Hoops.com National Team of the Week honoree. He also averages 7.2 rebounds and 2.9 steals per game. A native of Whittier, N.C., Hunt is a two-time All-ODAC first team selection as well as a 2012-13 D3Hoops.com Preseason All-American. Last season, he became the first male student-athlete at Randolph to be named to a Capital One Academic All-America program.
"It's certainly an honor, even being considered for something like this is an extreme blessing," said Hunt. "I don't think this is something I achieved on my own and it is not something that is completely attributed to my own abilities. I think there are a lot of people that have put me in this situation to be successful. I definitely appreciate and want to thank them."
Hunt, who is already the all-time scoring leader in school history, led Randolph to a 15-14 record and the ODAC championship game as junior. The second-leading rebounder in the program history, he also owns the school records for career assists and steals. As a senior, he has led the WildCats to a 20-5 record, as well as the No. 4 seed in the upcoming ODAC Tournament.
The senior guard earned ODAC/Farm Bureau Scholar-Athlete of the Year accolades during his sophomore and junior seasons as well. "Colton has prided himself at performing to his very best whether it be on the court or off," said Randolph head men's basketball coach Clay Nunley.
"This tremendous recognition is a testament to that high standard that he sets for himself. He is very deserving of this award, and I'm extremely proud of and happy for Colton and his teammates, all of whom have played a part in making today's honor for Colton a reality."
"Colton has helped our College as well as our team raise the awareness of Randolph College," said Randolph President John E. Klein. "This is a national award for all of Division III, and recognized not only his athletic success but his academic skill. This young man is really outstanding, and the College is so lucky to have had him here for four years."
Hunt and the WildCat men's basketball team will take the court again this Friday in the ODAC Tournament Quarterfinals as the No. 4 seed. Randolph will play at 3 p.m. in the Salem Civic Center against the winner of Tuesday evening's ODAC First Round game between No. 5 Lynchburg College and No. 12 Shenandoah University.
To read the full release of the Academic All-American teams by CoSIDA, click HERE.