Feb. 26, 2014
MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State’s Ryan Schultz and Will Spradling were among 29 players named to the 2014 Academic All-Big 12 First and Second Teams as announced by the league office on Wednesday.
A native of Wichita, Kan., Schultz was one of 16 players to earn first team academic all-conference honors in 2014, while Spradling, a native of Overland Park, Kan., was one of 13 players named to the Big 12’s second team.
Schultz received the honor for the first time in his career, while Spradling earned the accolade for the second straight season after posting second team honors as a junior in 2013.
A senior walk-on in nutrition and kinesiology with aspirations to follow in his father’s footsteps and become a doctor, Schultz has seen action in 27 games in his two-year career at K-State, including 14 games this season. He is averaging 0.6 points, 0.5 rebounds and 0.3 steals in 2.4 minutes per game in 2013-14. He scored a season-high three points to go with two rebounds in the win over Troy on Dec. 15.
Schultz has been named to the last three Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Rolls.
A senior in business administration, Spradling became the 25th player in school history with 1,000 points on Tuesday night with his 10-point effort in the win over Texas Tech. He is also one of just four Wildcats with 1,000 points, 300 rebounds, 300 assists and 100 steals in a career, joining Steve Henson, Askia Jones and Jacob Pullen. In addition, he is one of just six players in school history with 100 career starts and now ranks fourth in school history with 3,557 career minutes played. He ranks among the Top 10 in nine career categories at K-State.
One of just two players to start in all 28 games this season, Spradling ranks first on the team in assists (80), steals (36) and minutes played (850), while he is second in 3-point field goals (46) and fourth in scoring. He has scored in double figures 44 times in his career, including nine times this season.
Spradling has been selected four times to the Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll.
The individual academic honors for Schultz and Spradling continue another stellar academic semester for the Wildcats. Six players – Brandon Bolden, Jack Karapetyan, Brian Rohleder, Ryan Schultz, Spradling and Jevon Thomas – were named to the Fall Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll in early January.
Nominated by each institution’s director of student-athlete support services and the media relations offices, the academic all-league men’s basketball team consisted of 15 first team members combined with seven on the second team. First team members consist of those who have maintained a 3.20 or better GPA, and the second team are those who have a 3.00 to 3.19 GPA.
To qualify student-athletes must maintain a 3.00 GPA or higher either cumulative or the two previous semesters and must 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.