Feb. 16, 2012
NORMAN, Okla. -- University of Oklahoma men's basketball players Andrew Fitzgerald, Barry Honoré and Tyler Neal were each named to the 2012 Academic All-Big 12 Team Thursday. They were among nine second-team selections and 20 overall honorees.
First-team members have recorded a 3.20 or better GPA, while second-team honorees are those with a 3.00 to 3.19 GPA.
Fitzgerald, an administrative leadership major from Baltimore, Md., is OU's second-leading scorer and rebounder this season. The junior forward averages 13.1 points and 4.7 rebounds per game while ranking fifth in the league with his .490 field goal percentage. He has scored in double figures in 18 of the last 20 games.
Honoré, a senior forward who is majoring in multidisciplinary studies, has played in 18 of the team's 25 games this season and is averaging 0.8 points and 0.9 rebounds in 4.7 minutes per contest. From Garland, Texas, he is in his third year at Oklahoma after transferring from Southern University.
A sophomore forward majoring in sociology, Neal is averaging 4.0 points and 2.5 rebounds in 13.0 minutes per game this year. He is coming off an eight-point performance against Texas on Tuesday, his highest scoring output in Big 12 play this season. Neal is from Oklahoma City.
To qualify for the all-academic team, student-athletes must maintain a 3.00 GPA or higher (either cumulative or over the two previous semesters) and have participated in 60 percent of his team's scheduled contests. Freshmen and transfers are not eligible in their first year of academic residence. Senior student-athletes who have participated for a minimum of two years and meet all the criteria except percent of participation are also eligible.
The Sooners next play on Saturday at Iowa State. Tip-off is set for 12:47 p.m. CT and the game will be televised by the Big 12 Network.