AUSTIN, Texas – Pavin Parrish, having just completed his senior season with the Castleton University men's basketball team, continues to be recognized for his exemplary performance both in the classroom and on the court, as he has earned Third Team Academic All-America honors for Division III men's basketball by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), announced Wednesday by the national organization.
Parrish becomes the 11th Castleton University student-athlete to receive CoSIDA Academic All-America recognition and the second player from the men's basketball program, joining Bryan DeLoatch in 1985. It is also the third consecutive academic year in which at least one Castleton student-athlete has been voted Academic All-America by collegiate athletic communications professionals within CoSIDA.
Parrish, also Castleton's representative on the North Atlantic Conference Men's Basketball Sportsmanship Team for the second consecutive season, is majoring in business administration with a double concentration in management and marketing. He is also pursuing a minor in sports and fitness as he completes his undergraduate education.
The senior guard currently carries a 3.95 grade point average, earning President's List recognition (semester GPA of 4.0) three times and Dean's List honors (semester GPA between 3.5 and 3.99) four times. He is a member of Sigma Beta Delta, a scholastic honor society that recognizes academic achievement among students in the fields of business, management, and administration.
On the court, Parrish averaged 10.2 points, 3.3 rebounds, 2.4 assists, and 1.9 steals per game this season after starting 25 games for the Spartans. He shot 40.4 percent (76-of-188) from the field, including 32 percent (32-of-100) from behind the three-point line, and 71.3 percent (72-of-101) from the free throw line. He reached double figures in scoring 14 times this season, including a season-high 22 points against Colby-Sawyer on Feb. 6.
During his Spartan career, Parrish appeared in 96 games, including 86 starts, averaging 9.1 points, 3.2 rebounds, 2.9 assists, and 1.3 steals per game. He was named the NAC Rookie of the Year after the 2014-15 season. He will leave Castleton 11th on the program's career assists (281) and made free throws (284) lists as well as 12th in career steals (125).
The 17-man CoSIDA Academic All-America® men's team has a 3.84 GPA with the first team checking in at 3.91. Two men boast perfect 4.0s: 2017 CoSIDA Academic All-America of the Year for Division III men's basketball Cooper Cook of Nebraska Wesleyan and David Stokman of Saint John's University of Minnesota. Parrish is one of two student-athletes from Vermont schools voted Third Team Academic All-America, along with Jack Daly of Middlebury College.
The Division III Academic All-America® program is being financially supported by the NCAA Division III national governance structure to assist CoSIDA with handling the awards fulfillment aspects for the 2017-18 Division III Academic All-America® teams program.