BRISTOL, Tenn. – Earlier this spring, King University women's basketball player Amy Van Deventer was selected as an Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar for women's basketball. She became the second Tornado to earn the distinction.
Diverse: Issues in Higher Education established the Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholars Awards to honor undergraduate students of color who best exemplify academic and athletic achievement. In addition to their athletic ability, Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholars must exhibit academic excellence and community activism. To be included, students have to compete in an intercollegiate sport, maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.2 and be active on their campuses or in their communities.
Van Deventer carries a GPA of 3.62 while majoring in Security and Intelligence Services at King. On the court for the Tornado she ranked second on the team with an average of 10.5 points per game while leading King with an average of 6.8 rebounds per game. She was also second on the team, shooting 49.4 percent from the floor. Van Deventer also garnered second team All-Conference Carolinas honors as well as academic all-conference.
Van Deventer was a second team selection for the Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar award for women's basketball, joining Maegan Henry as the only two Tornado to earn the distinction. Henry was selected first team for track and field in 2015.