May 2, 2011

Trasolini Only WCC Player to be named to the National All-Academic Jesuit Men's Basketball Team

Santa Clara's Marc Trasolini, a two-time CoSIDA Academic All-District All-American who was recently named a finalist as the top collegiate basketball player in British Columbia, leads a group of six student-athletes named to the 2010-2011 National Jesuit All-Academic Men's Basketball Team that was announced Monday by the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities and the Jesuit Basketball Spotlight.   Trasolini is the only player from the WCC to be named to the All-Academic list and joins Kevin Foster who was named to the National Jesuit All-League team last week.

Trasolini, who led the team in rebounding and blocks this season and was second in scoring, posted a 3.56 cumulative GPA in Finance in his junior season at Santa Clara. He was one of the key players in Santa Clara's CIT title run.

He is joined on the Jesuit All-Academic squad by Chris Johansen (Regis, Jr., G, Albuquerque, N.M.); Andrew Keister (Holy Cross, Sr., C, Galloway, NJ); Greg Logins (Canisius, Sr., F, Sodus, NY); Ryan Olander (Fairfield, Jr., F, Mansfield, Conn.); and Zach Ashworth (Scranton, Sr., G, Doylestown, Pa.)). Four others – Julius Coles of Canisius, Brian Conklin of Saint Louis, Kaleb Korver of Creighton, and Nick Leon of Saint Peter's – earned honorable mention recognition.

Santa Clara and Scranton (Zach Ashworth was named to both teams) were the only two schools of the 28 as part of the Jesuit colleges in the USA that had a player on each team.  Foster was named to the National All-Jesuit Men's Basketball Team last week.

The All-Jesuit Team represents student-athletes from the 28 Jesuit colleges spread across the United States that play basketball on all three levels of the NCAA and also in the NAIA. They share the mission of Jesuit education, founded nearly 500 years ago under the principles of St. Ignatius Loyola to educate young people to become men and women dedicated to service and compassionate leadership. Students at Jesuit colleges have long excelled in the classroom and in the community, but they also have played a major role in collegiate basketball in the last 100 years.