Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Colton Hunt ’13 named top Division III scholar-athlete

Randolph’s Colton Hunt ’13 was named the nation’s top Division III scholar-athlete Tuesday. Hunt was chosen for the honor out of more than 175,000 Division III student-athletes. The Capital One Division III Academic All-American of the Year winner is selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

While the group announced Hunt’s selection as All-American in the spring for men’s basketball, the newest award places him as the All-American representative for all 11 Division III sports.

Graduating at the top of his class with a 3.95 grade point average, the economics major was successful both on and off of the court, earning numerous honors along the way.

His playing ability garnered national attention, leading the guard to be tabbed as a first team All-American by both the National Association of Basketball Coaches and D3hoops.com. In addition, the NABC dubbed him the South Region Player of the Year. Already a three-time first team All-Old Dominion Athletic Conference selection, Hunt added an ODAC Player of the Year selection to his resume this year.

While leading Randolph to its first-ever NCAA tournament appearance, Hunt ranked third in the nation in scoring average with 24.2 points per contest, adding 7.3 rebounds per game. He graduated as the all-time leader in points, scoring average, field goals made, assists and steals while sitting second on the all-time rebounding list for Randolph’s men’s basketball program.

This winter, a committee of athletic administrators, former athletes, coaches and media members deemed the Whittier, N.C., native worthy of the Josten’s Trophy, which honors the top men’s player in the country in terms of basketball ability, academic prowess, and community service.

Randolph College President Bradley W. Bateman commended Hunt, saying, "Colton is a shining example of how our student-athletes are well-rounded individuals in our community. It’s amazing to see how a motivated individual can balance a rigorous course load while excelling in his sport. I congratulate Colton on his great successes and look forward to seeing him as a Randolph College ambassador in the future."

Hunt’s head coach, Clay Nunley, added, “Colton being named Academic All-American of the Year is the culmination of a tremendous career for Colton both on and off the court. He has always taken pride in giving his best effort in whatever he does, and he has worked incredibly hard to become the student and athlete whom we knew he could be. In a field with so many impressive candidates, Colton is certainly deserving of this outstanding recognition. I couldn’t be happier for him, his family, our program and our college community.”