Pavelski Named Academic All-District
Senior Tri-Captain Eligible for Academic All-America Honors

AMHERST, Massachusetts -- John Pavelski (Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ) has been selected to the 1997-98 GTE/CoSIDA Academic All-America District I Men's Basketball First Team. This is the second year that the senior forward has won this honor, which makes him eligible for Academic All-America recognition. A first and second team was selected by vote of Sports Information Directors throughout District I, which covers New England, New York and southeastern Canada.

The tri-captain is currently Amherst's third leading scorer, averaging 13.7 points and 5.4 rebounds per game. Pavelski posted a season-high 26 points against NESCAC rival Bowdoin to punctuate his return from a severely sprained ankle that hampered the forward midway through the season. Currently boasting 1,359 points in his career, Pavelski is sixth on Amherst's all-time scoring list. He is also second on the career 3-point field goal record with 184, 14 away from re-setting the college best. Pavelski already holds the freshman scoring record (363 points, 1994-95) and was an All-NESCAC and All-ECAC forward in last year's NCAA season.

The History major has compiled a 3.67 grade point average at Amherst. Pavelski is currently writing a senior honors thesis on the transition from Communism to capitalism in the Soviet Union and China and its effects on U.S. foreign policy. He volunteered his time last summer as a softball coach for the Special Olympics, and Pavelski served on the First-Year Committee to examine students' experiences in their first-year at Amherst.

Amherst men's basketball completed its regular season with a 19-4 record to earn a No. 1 seed in the ECAC Division III New England Championship. The Jeffs will host eighth-seeded Emerson (20-5) on Wednesday, March 4 at 7:00pm in LeFrak Gymnasium. This is the third time in four years that Amherst has been selected to the ECAC Tournament, and the Jeffs claimed a pair of titles in 1995 and 1996. Amherst earned its second bid to the NCAA Tournament in 1997 before finishing with a 21-5 mark.

1997-98 GTE/CoSIDA Academic All-America District I Men's Basketball Team
College Division

First Team
Name		School		Pos.	Yr.	Hometown		GPA/Major
T.J. Butler	Franklin Pierce	F	Sr.	Rochester, NH		3.31/Accounting, Financial Management
Joe Donroe	Tufts		F	Sr.	Hamden, CT		3.40/Biology
Benjamin Otis	Springfield	F	Sr.	Aurora, NY		3.80/Physical Therapy
John Pavelski	Amherst		F	Sr.	Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ		3.67/History
Zach Wein	Nazareth	G	Sr.	Canton, NY		3.24/Psychology

Second Team
Chris Busch	Clarkson	G	Sr.	Macedon, NY		3.73/Engineering & Mgmt
Dave Cunningham	Tufts		G	Sr.	Easton, CT		3.30/Political Science
Jeff Erker	Rensselaer	F	Jr.	Franklin Square, NY	3.71/Management & Technology
John McVeigh	Merrimack	F	Sr.	North Andover, MA	3.67/Biology
Brian Wilder	Colby-Sawyer	F	Jr.	Waltham, MA		3.22/Exercise & Sport Science

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