NewsMVNU's Bock Named to CoSIDA Academic All-America Team
written by Dave Parsons, Sports Information Director
MOUNT VERNON, Ohio - Alan Bock, a member of the Mount Vernon Nazarene University men’s basketball team, has been selected to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America® College Division Third Team by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
Bock, a junior point guard from Tallmadge, Ohio, is averaging 7.1 points and 4.1 rebounds per game this season for the Cougars. He leads the team with 197 assists and 81 steals, and he is just three steals shy of tying the school’s single-season record of 84 that was set in 1983-1984 by Jerry Hawes. Bock ranks fourth in NAIA Division II in assists per game (6.8), eighth in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.7), and tenth in steals per game (2.8). He has been named to the American Mideast Conference South Division Second Team and was a National Christian College Athletic Association East Region Honorable Mention pick.
Bock, who is a Biology (Pre-Medicine) major, had the highest grade point average (3.99) of the 15 student-athletes who were named to the three five-person teams. He was one of only five juniors selected, and he was one of only two NAIA players with Jeff VerSteeg of Northwestern (Minn.) College being the other.
The ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America® College Division Teams are selected by CoSIDA members. Eligible student-athletes are nominated by their school’s sports information director and must have at least a 3.20 grade point average and be at least in their sophomore year. Each of the eight CoSIDA districts selects an Academic All-District First Team, which is then forwarded on for consideration at the national level.
Bock becomes the third MVNU basketball player to be named to a CoSIDA Academic All-America Team. Former Cougar standouts Tom Clark (Second Team in both 1986 and 1987) and Doug Speelman (Third Team in 1996) were each selected during their careers at MVNU.
The Cougars are currently 21-10 overall and will travel to Nyack (N.Y.) College on Saturday, March 12, for the NCCAA East Region championship game. The start time for that game has tentatively been set at 7:00 p.m., but it could be changed to an afternoon tip-off due to travel considerations. The winner of that game will receive an automatic berth in the NCCAA National Tournament in Frankfort, Kentucky, on March 17-19.