February 3, 2011

Trasolini Named to Capital One Academic All-District First Team for Second Straight Year

One of just Four Players Nationally on First-Team to Post 12.4+ ppg, 5.9 rpg+ and 3.51+ GPA

Santa Clara, Calif. – Santa Clara junior forward Marc Trasolini has been honored as a Capital One Academic All-District First Team member for the second straight year.  Trasolini is the only player from the West Coast Conference and Pac-10 Conference to receive this honor two straight season in District 8. Trasolini will now advance to the voting for national Academic All-American honors as part of the Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-America program.

Trasolini is one of just four players nationally on the first team to score 12.4+ppg and 5.9+ rpg with a 3.51+ GPA (as of Feb. 3, 2011).  Those four include (alphabetically):

Name, School (Year)                       PPG        RPG      Cumulative GPA
Tim Abromaitis, Notre Dame (Gr.)        14.2        6.5        3.72 (Finance/MBA)
Matt Howard, Butler (Sr.)                     17.9        8.2        3.77 (Finance)
Marc Trasolini, Santa Clara (Jr.)            12.4        5.9        3.51 (Finance)
Tyler Zeller, North Carolina (Jr.)            14.0        7.0        3.56 (Business Admin.)

Trasolini, a Vancouver, Canada native, is a Finance major in the prestigious Leavey School of Business. He has posted a 3.5 or better GPA five of his seven quarters at Santa Clara. 

"It's such an honor to be selected to this team," said Trasolini.  "I am very proud to be able to achieve high standards in academics and athletics. One of my goals is to receive national academic honors during my college career."

"Congratulations to Marc for achieving this prestigious and well-deserved honor for the second straight year," said Bronco head coach Kerry Keating. "Marc and all his teammates work extremely hard to maintain a high degree of success in the classroom and off the court, and this is a hard earned honor. Hopefully he will be recognized on the national stage as he continues to progress toward a degree with honors here at Santa Clara."

"I am so proud of Marc. It is very difficult to receive this honor once, but to be selected twice is an amazing accomplishment," said Bronco Academic Support Manager Jason Stock. "Marc is a great illustration of the type of student-athlete we are looking for at Santa Clara. He has set a great example for the rest of his teammates who also continue to thrive academically with a team GPA over 3.0."

Trasolini has 16 games in double figures this season, including three with 19+.  He has scored 15+ 27 times in his three-year career and leads the team with five career double-doubles.  Trasolini's 26 points at USF last season are still his career high.  He has 924 career points and needs 76 points to be the 29th player in Bronco school history to score 1,000 career points. His 111 career blocks put him at No. 4 on the all-time list.

The men's basketball team, 15-9 and 5-2 in the WCC, travel to San Francisco on Saturday to play USF in a second-place showdown in the league at 7 pm (Comcast).  Santa Clara returns home next week to host first-place Saint Mary's on Thurs., Feb. 10 at 8 pm (ESPNU) and the San Diego on Sat., Feb. 12 at 5:30 pm (Comcast).

A few facts on the Leavey School of Business:
No. 2 Master's University on West Coast (U.S. News & World Report 2010)
No. 39 Undergraduate Business School (Bloomberg Business Week 2010)
No. 35 Graduate Business Program (US News and World Report 2010)