Trio Earns Academic Honors
Ashley Hamilton earns WCC All-Academic honors, Walker and Egbeyemi earns honorable mention honors.
March 1, 2013
SAN BRUNO, Calif. - The West Coast Conference announced the 2012-13 West Coast Conference Men's Basketball All-Academic Team on Friday, March 1, and seniors Ashley Hamilton and Taylor Walker, along with junior Ayodeji Egbeyemi have been honored.
At the conclusion of each athletic season, the WCC selects an all-academic squad for each WCC-sponsored sport. To be considered, a student-athlete must maintain at least a 3.20 cumulative grade point average, while also being a significant contributor to his team.
Hamilton was named to the WCC All-Academic team with a 4.0 GPA in the Masters of Education program. Walker and Egbeyemi earned honorable mention honors. Hamilton is the first academic all-conference selection since Chris Kanne in 2008-09 and the three on this year's team is the most in program history.
Hamilton graduated in May 2012 with his B.A. in Business and is currently in graduate school working toward his Masters in Education. He joins Vernon Teal and Tim Diederichs from the last several seasons to have worked on a masters while still playing. It is on schedule to happen again, as junior Alex Osborne, who had his first double-double Thursday, is on pace to graduate this May.
Since Good took over, the Lions have graduated all 14 players who have completed their eligibility. Walker will earn his degree in Political Science while Egbeyemi is a Management major.
Walker and Hamilton will be honored as the Lions' lone seniors on Senior Day Saturday against BYU.
It will be Hamilton's 109th career game as a Lion, ranking 19th all-time at LMU. Hamilton enters the game with 1,104 points and 612 rebounds in his career, which are ranked 27th and 15th all-time at LMU, respectively. He is just the 14th Lion to earn 1,000 career points and 500 career rebounds.
Walker transferred to LMU after earning his associates degree at Fullerton Junior College and overcame major surgeries in both of his ankles to become a starter down the stretch for the Lions this season as a walk-on. He had a career-best 12 points against Cal Poly this past week.