Arkansas Tech senior Brandon Friedel earned a spot on the Gulf South Conference All-Academic men's basketball team for a third consecutive year on Monday when the league office announced its winter academic awards.
Friedel, a 6-foot-3 guard from Victoria, Texas, has a 3.82 grade point average and is majoring in professional studies.
Nominees for the GSC All-Academic team must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or higher, be a starter or significant contributor to their team and have a track record of community service.
Friedel averaged 15.0 points per game in 2009-10, eighth-best in the GSC.
He also ranked among the league leaders in 3-point field goals made (3rd, 3.06 per game) and 3-point field goal percentage (4th, .424).
Friedel finished his four-year career with 233 made 3-pointers, fifth-most in Tech men's basketball history. He is also one of just 30 Wonder Boys to ever score 1,000 or more points in a career.
His efforts in 2009-10 helped Arkansas Tech finish 30-2 overall and win the GSC West Division regular season title and the GSC Tournament championship.
Friedel was named 2009-10 GSC West Division player of the year. He earned a spot on the All-GSC West Division first team and the All-NCAA Division II South Region squad.
In addition to his spot on the 2009-10 GSC All-Academic team, Friedel also led a contingent of 12 Arkansas Tech student-athletes on the 2009-10 GSC Academic Honor Roll for winter sports.
Those student-athletes with a grade point average of 3.0 or higher are placed on the GSC Academic Honor Roll.
Only Harding (13) had more representatives on the honor roll than Arkansas Tech.
Tech's GSC Academic Honor Roll members for the 2009-10 basketball season are:
Brandon Friedel (3.82, Professional Studies)
Matt Haney (3.36, Nursing)
Dexter Hendrix (3.06, Health/Physical Education)
Laithe Massey (3.21, Health/Physical Education)
Laura Beth Anderson (4.00, Management/Marketing)
Anna Baran (3.33, Master Liberal Arts)
Amanda Curtis (4.00, Undeclared)
Laura Davidson (4.00, Nursing)
Shaquilah Davis (3.00, HPE/Wellness Fitness)
Katie Horsman (3.40, HPE/Wellness Fitness)
Sarah Martin (3.81, Journalism)
Jessica Weatherford (3.60, Early Childhood Education)