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Nick Schneiders broke his own single-season school record with 88 blocks this season.

Nick Schneiders broke his own single-season school record with 88 blocks this season.

April 7, 2010

Spartanburg, S.C. - In what was a standout year on and off the court, USC Upstate men's basketball player Nick Schneiders has been named to the Division I-AAA Athletic Directors Association Scholar-Athlete Team, announced the organization Wednesday.

The Division I-AAA ADs Association is in its ninth year of operation and is designed to enhance the initiatives common to its Division I-AAA membership which consists of 95 Division institutions that do not sponsor football. The organization announced its eighth annual Scholar-Athlete Team for both men and women.

Schneiders, a senior from Rietberg, Germany, was one of 10 selections to the men's team and the only student-athlete from the A-Sun who made the list. He carries a 3.71 cumulative GPA as a graphic design major. He was a second-team ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-America selection earlier this year after receiving first team ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-District honors. He is a three-time selection to the A-Sun All-Academic team and a two-time member of the Peach Belt Conference Presidential Honor Roll.

On the court, the 7-2 center was a defensive specialist. He led the A-Sun in blocked shots the last two seasons, breaking his own single-season school record with 88 this year. His 3.0 blocks per game tied for 13th in the nation. He ranked among the league leaders in scoring (15th) at 12.4 ppg, rebounding (6th) at 6.8 rpg and in field goal percentage (13th) at 46.3 percent.

Schneiders also reached a career milestone during the season. He broke Kevin Harrington's career blocked shots record, obliterating the old mark of 136 by finishing his career with 205 swats. He completed his career with 837 points (23rd all-time at Upstate) and 577 rebounds (12th all-time at Upstate).

In addition to his play on the court and his performance in the classroom, Schneiders has excelled as a graphic designer and artist. He has volunteered his work on several projects for the Upstate media relations, marketing & promotions and athletic academic services offices during his time as a Spartan. He has had two pieces of art on display at the 2009 NCAA Convention in Washington, D.C.

2010 Division I-AAA Scholar-Athlete Team
Benjamin Botts (3.75 GPA, IPFW)
Graham Hatch (3.73 GPA, Wichita State)
*Matt Howard (3.77 GPA, Butler)
Sam Maniscalco (3.38, Bradley)
Yves Mekongo (3.81, LaSalle)
Tyler Morris (3.30 GPA, Boston U.)
Nick Schneiders (3.71, Upstate)
Robin Smeulders (3.39, Portland)
Adam Templeton (3.30, Drake)
Steve Weingarten (3.88, LaSalle)
* Scholar-Athlete of the Year

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