COLCHESTER, Vt. - Saint Michael's College men's basketball sophomore Levi Holmes III (East Brunswick, N.J./Rutgers Prep) was among 67 student-athletes across seven sports selected for a Northeast-10 Conference Academic All-Conference honor for the winter athletic season, the NE10 announced on Thursday.
Holmes, who was one of seven men's basketball players in the league to claim the laurel, took home the accolade for the first time in his career. He is the third Purple Knight in six years to land the honor, as Tom Ward '12 and Travis Warech '13 were both recognized in 2011-12.
As a sophomore, Holmes averaged 15.2 points on 47.5 percent three-point shooting, the third-best clip in program history but the best ever by an underclassman. Holmes' 87.1 percent showing on free throws was the second-highest percentage in school annals, behind only BJ Robertson's '06 87.7 percent in 2005-06, aided greatly by connecting on a school-record 34 consecutive free throws between Nov. 19 and Jan. 10 to break John Rao's '79 40-year-old mark by one freebie. Holmes finished second in the NE10 in three-point shooting, fourth in free throw percentage, 13th in threes (66) and 15th in scoring. He reached double figures 21 times in 25 outings, notching at least nine points on 23 occasions and netting no fewer than 18 during 11 games.
The NE10 Academic All-Conference teams are chosen by a vote of a committee of athletic administrators and Faculty Athletic Representatives (FAR). To be eligible for selection to the Academic All-Conference teams, a student-athlete must have met and/or exceeded the following minimum requirements: 1) participated in at least half of the team's competitions and be either a starter or significant contributor; 2) achieved a 3.30 cumulative grade-point average; and 3) completed at least one academic year at their current institution.