Updated: June 14, 2011 10:06 am (ET)
by America East Communications
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- America East named 10 baseball student-athletes to the 2011 All-Academic Team Tuesday morning, including the 2011 America East Player of the Year. These student-athletes, who excel both academically as well as athletically, represent the best of the America East Conference.
The All-Academic team features two first-team all-conference performers in Stony Brook sophomore William Carmona (Hempstead, N.Y./Hempstead) and junior Tyler Johnson (Chatsworth, Calif./Crespi Carmelite). Carmona earned first-team All-America status earlier this month after garnering the league’s Player of the Year award, while Johnson received unanimous support as a starting pitcher on the first team.
Seven student-athletes are repeat selections to the all-academic squad, headlined by Johnson’s second straight honor and University of Hartford senior Rodger Wilmot’s (Freehold, N.J./ Freehold Township) third straight selection to the team. The other repeat choices are UMBC’s Austin Drewyer (Ellicott City, Md./River Hill) and Curtis Schickner (East Windsor, N.J./Lawrenceville Prep), University at Albany’s Greg Lutton (New Haven, Vt./Mt. Abraham/Vermont), University of Maine’s Jonathan Balentina (Willemstad, Curacao) and University of Hartford’s Simon Kudernatsch (Prague, Czech Republic/Prague West).
Rounding out the 2011 team are Stony Brook sophomore Jasvir Rakkar (Brampton, Ontario/Bramalea Secondary School) and Binghamton sophomore Jordon Smucker (Bird-in-Hand, Pa./Lancaster Mennonite).
The All-Academic squads are a product of the June 2005 Athletics Directors meeting where faculty representatives and athletics directors from each of the conference’s nine member institutions decided to honor the league’s top student-athletes, who excel equally in the classroom as they do on the playing field.
For the third straight year, America East has chosen the All-Academic teams using CoSIDA’s Academic All-America program as a model. Student-athletes worthy of consideration are nominated by member sports information directors and voted on by a committee of SIDs, academic advisers and faculty representatives from all nine member institutions.
All-Academic squads for team sports are based on the number of athletes that participate in a contest at one time but can be more if there is a tie in voting. To be nominated for the distinction, student-athletes must be a starter or important reserve for their team and participate in at least 50 percent of their team’s games or competitions. In the classroom, student-athletes must have a 3.30 GPA and have completed at least one calendar year at their institution. Freshmen are not eligible for consideration.
2011 America East Baseball All-Academic Team
Name Cl. School Hometown GPA Major
Jonathan Balentina Sr. Maine Willemstad, Curacao 3.61 Civil engineering
William Carmona So. Stony Brook Hempstead, N.Y. 3.30 Business management
Austin Drewyer Sr. UMBC Ellicott City, Md. 3.36 Business technology administration
Tyler Johnson Jr. Stony Brook Chatsworth, Calif. 3.73 History
Simon Kudernatsch Jr. Hartford Prague, Czech Republic 3.70 Biomedical engineering
Greg Lutton Jr. Albany New Haven, Vt. 3.38 Business administration
Jasvir Rakkar So. Stony Brook Brampton, Ontario 3.59 Business management
Curtis Schickner Jr. UMBC East Windsor, N.J. 3.64 Economics
Jordon Smucker So. Binghamton Bird-In-Hand, Pa. 3.34 Management
Rodger Wilmot Sr. Hartford Freehold, N.J. 3.60 Management