Brandon Friedel, a senior member of the Arkansas Tech men's basketball program in 2009-10, has been named one of the Gulf South Conference Top Ten student-athletes for the recently completed academic year.
A native of Victoria, Texas, Friedel was a four-year letterman in basketball at Arkansas Tech. He was a central figure in a turnaround that saw the Wonder Boys go from the GSC West Division basement before his arrival to the No. 1-ranked team in NCAA Division II during his senior season.
Off the floor, Friedel was a member of the Health, Physical Education and Wellness Science (HPEWS) Club and the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. He earned a spot on the Arkansas Tech Dean's List in multiple semesters and was a three-time GSC All-Academic team selection.
In 2009-10, he was selected as the most outstanding senior male student-athlete at Arkansas Tech.
Friedel is one of just 30 Tech men’s basketball players to ever accumulate 1,000 or more career points, and his 233 career 3-pointers rank fifth in school history. He was named All-America, All-NCAA Division II South Region and All-Gulf South Conference in 2009-10. He was selected as GSC West Division player of the year. His play during his senior season helped the Wonder Boys finish 30-2 overall, win the GSC West Division and GSC Tournament titles and achieve the No. 1 national ranking in NCAA Division II men’s basketball for seven weeks.
Arkansas Tech qualified for the NCAA Division II Tournament and was back-to-back GSC Tournament champions during Friedel's final two seasons with the Wonder Boys.
Son of Jill and Tom Friedel of Victoria, Friedel will graduate from Tech in December 2010. He is majoring in health and physical education.
The GSC Top Ten recognizes the student-athletes from the conference selected to be the most outstanding in the realms of athletic achievement, academic performance and community involvement.