Clarksville, Ark.-For the second straight year, University of the Ozarks guard April Young was named the American Southwest Conference Distinguished Scholar-Athlete for women?s basketball, the ASC office announced on Monday.
The honor, in its fifth academic year, recognizes student-athletes that achieve a higher level of academic achievement (a 3.20 grade-point average or better) while competing as a starter or important reserve on their team. From that list – limited to one nominee per school in each ASC championship sport – the Sports Information Directors from the conference’s 15 member institutions vote on a Distinguished Scholar-Athlete from each sport.
Young caps an impressive senior season by earning Capital One Academic All-America® honors, Capital One All-District honors, ASC All-Conference and ASC All-Academic.
Young, a 5-foot-7 native of Deer, ranked tenth in the ASC in scoring (13.8) and led the conference in three-point shots per game (2.4). She hit 62-of-202 from the three-point line, both team-highs, and made a three-pointer in all but one game during the season. Young owns the school record with 192 career three-pointers, and for her career, she has 1,161 points, 206 assists and 426 rebounds. She ends her collegiate career as a three-time member of the Academic All-District Team as well as a three-time All-Conference performer.
A biology major, she graduated with summa cum laude honors and was on the ASC All-Academic Team three times.
Overall, 101 student-athletes from ASC men’s basketball, women’s basketball, baseball, men’s golf, women’s golf, softball, men’s tennis, women’s tennis, men’s track and field and women’s track and field were named to the Distinguished Scholar-Athlete Team.
Other nominees from Ozarks included Matt Arant, a senior men’s tennis player; Michael Prusator, a senior baseball player; Colby Woolverton, a senior men’s basketball player; and Chelsea Glasscock, a junior tennis player.