BRISTOL, Tenn. – With the Conference Carolinas basketball tournaments underway, the league announced their academic all-conference performers and three Tornado were named to the list. Derick Pope for the men's team along with Keyanna Blakely and Amy Van Deventer of the women's team earned honors.
Pope, a senior carries a GPA of 3.49 and is one of four Tornado averaging at least 10.0 points per game. The Grayson, Ga., native scores 10.6 points per game for the Tornado and grabs an average of 5.3 rebounds per game, a mark that ranks 16th in Conference Carolinas. On the season he posted two double-doubles and scored a career-high 22 points at the University of Mount Olive on February 21.
On the women's side, Blakely and Van Deventer were both selected academic all-conference, carrying GPAs of 3.48 and 3.66, respectively. Van Deventer ranks second on the team with a rebounding average of 4.9 boards per game to go along with an average of 5.4 points per game. Blakely has appeared in 12 games and set a season-best with five points against Southern Wesleyan University on January 16.
To be selected academic all-conference, student-athletes have to maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher on a 4.0 scale. The GPA is calculated based on the student-athlete's cumulative average through the previous semester. Academic All-Conference Teams are comprised of juniors and seniors who play in at least one of Conference Carolina's twenty sponsored sports, and who have attended their member institution for at least one academic year.