Concordia basketball players Tom Fraase '16, Bismarck, N.D., and Jenna Januschka '17, St. Cloud, Minn., were named to the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-District Team.
Concordia was the only school in the MIAC to have a player earn the prestigious academic honor, which takes into account both high academic achievement and excellence on the playing court as well.
Concordia was one of only eight schools in the entire nation to have a men’s and women’s student-athlete earn the award. The Cobbers were also only one of 12 schools in all of Division III to have multiple Academic All-District recipients.
The CoSIDA Academic All-District Team, formerly known as the Capital One Academic All-District Team, is the most prestigious student-athlete academic award. Both players are now eligible to earn Academic All-American honors.
Fraase carries a 3.93 grade point average while majoring in accounting, and Januschka has a 3.92 GPA while majoring in communication and environmental studies.
Fraase is second on the team in scoring this season with a 13.6 points per game average. He is currently fifth in the MIAC in 3-point field goals in conference games. He is also fifth in steals and forth in minutes played.
Fraase recently put up a career-high 35 points in Concordia's double overtime win over Gustavus on Jan. 6. He was also named the MIAC Player of the Week on Feb. 8 after averaging 23.0 points, 4.5 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 2.5 steals over a two-game stretch.
Januschka has had a breakout season in 2016. She leads the team in scoring with a 14.6 points per game average, has scored in double figures in 18 games and has a season-high point total of 23 points. Last year she only averaged 4.3 points, scored in double figures in one game and had a season high of 10 points.
Januschka was named the MIAC Player of the Week on Nov. 16 after she averaged 17.5 points, 9.0 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.0 steals in the first two games of the season.
The Academic All-District team is part of the Academic All-America program, as selected by CoSIDA. Top student-athletes from Division III programs in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan are eligible for inclusion on the District 6 team. Student-athletes must have a grade-point average above 3.30 (4.0 scale) and have outstanding athletic credentials. College sports information directors in the district vote for the teams.
This is the fifth year of the expanded Academic All-America program, as CoSIDA has moved from recognizing a University Division (Division I) and a College Division (all non-Division I), doubling the number of scholar-athletes honored.
The teams include NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II and NCAA Division III participants, while the College Division team combines NAIA, Canadian and two-year schools. First-team Academic All-District members advance to the Academic All-America ballot, voted on by a committee of CoSIDA members.
The Division III Academic All-America program is being financially supported by the NCAA Division III national governance structure, to assist CoSIDA with handling the awards fulfillment aspects for the 2015-16 Division III Academic All-America teams program.
James M. Cella is Concordia's sports information director.