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Augustin named Academic All-American

Point guard only the second Horn to achieve All-American status in the classroom


AMERICAN-STATESMAN STAFF
Wednesday, February 27, 2008

D.J. Augustin has gifts that extend beyond basketball.

Augustin, the Longhorns' sophomore point guard, was named first-team Academic All-America Tuesday by the College Sports Information Directors of America.

He is the second Longhorn men's basketball player to receive that recognition, joining Jim Krivacs (1979).

Augustin, an education major, has a 3.64 GPA. He had a perfect 4.0 during the fall semester.

"I know how hard I've worked, both in the classroom and on the court, to get better every day," Augustin, an All-America candidate in basketball as well, said in a statement. "To see the hard work pay off with this honor is very rewarding. I'm also very happy for my parents and my entire family."

Augustin's parents, Darryl and Vanessa, used basketball as a carrot while he was growing up.

"In order to play ball, he had to take care of his schoolwork," said Vanessa Augustin, a fourth-grade teacher in Fresno, near Houston. "We never had to pull him out of basketball, but we used it as a threat."

Randa Ryan, who oversees academic services at Texas for every sport but football, said Augustin takes a business-like approach to schoolwork. "He sets goals," Ryan said. "And he likes school. He loves the concept of being an educated person."

To be nominated for Academic All-America, a player must be a starter or an important reserve and carry at least a 3.2 cumulative GPA on a scale of 4.0.

"I don't believe as a coaching staff we've ever had an individual who defines the term 'student-athlete' more than D.J. Augustin," coach Rick Barnes said in a statement.

Augustin was joined on the team by Adam Emmenecker of Drake, Justin Hare of Belmont, Jack Leasure of Coastal Carolina and Brett Winkelman of North Dakota State.

mrosner@statesman.com; 445-3958

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