Gustavus men’s basketball player Trevor Wittwer, a senior from Redwood Falls, Minnesota, has been named to the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA)/ESPN The Magazine’s Academic All-America Team. Wittwer, a Health Fitness major with a 3.89 grade point average, was a Third Team selection in the College Division.
A three-year starter and 2006-07 All-Conference selection, Wittwer recently became the 31st player in the program’s history to score 1,000 career points. Entering Thursday night’s MIAC Playoff game against Carleton, he ranks 21st on the Gustavus career scoring list with 1,143 points. Wittwer, a talented all-around player, has etched his name in many places in the program’s record books as he ranks first in career field goal percentage at 60.3 percent (401-665), fourth in career steals (124), fourth in career blocks (91), and 10th in career free throws made (314). He also ranks in the top ten in career games played with 105.
As talented in the classroom as he is on the court, Wittwer is a three-time Academic All-Conference selection and a two-time CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine First Team All-District Five honoree. He has been named to the Dean’s List every semester he has been at Gustavus and will graduate in June with honors (magna cum laude).
Wittwer becomes the 67th Gustavus student athlete to be named to a CoSIDA Academic All-America team and the second this academic year following soccer player Trevor Brown who was honored in December. Trevor is the third Gustavus basketball player to be honored following current head coach Mark Hanson (1983) and Marc Newell (1998). Gustavus ranks 14th among all Division III institutions in number of CoSIDA Academic All-Americans (67).
Wittwer is the son of the Cynthia Wittwer of Redwood Falls, Minn. and the late James Wittwer and a 2004 graduate of Redwood Valley High School.
The Academic All-America® program honors male and female student-athletes annually who have succeeded at the highest level on the playing field and in the classroom. Individuals are selected through voting by CoSIDA, the College Sports Information Directors of America; a 2,000-member organization consisting of sports public relations professionals for colleges and universities in the United States and Canada.
To be eligible, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.20 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director. Since the program’s inception in 1952, CoSIDA has bestowed Academic All-America honors on more than 14,000 student-athletes in Divisions I, II, III and NAIA covering all NCAA championship sports.