Highest Honor

Highest Honor

AUSTIN, Texas - - Belmont University men's basketball senior Dylan Windler (Indianapolis, Ind.) has been named to the 2018-19 Google Cloud Academic All-America® Division I Men's Basketball Team, the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) announced Monday.

This marks the second consecutive year Windler has earned the prestigious honor.

"The Academic All-America® program honors exceptional student-athletes who strive for excellence on the court and in the classroom, and Dylan embodies those ideals," Belmont head coach Rick Byrd said. "Dylan stands among the most decorated players in Belmont history, and his contributions to our program have been profound and lasting."

The 6-8 guard/forward emerged as one of the top two-way players in college basketball. Windler has posted 35 career double-doubles, including in 10 of his last 13 games. He ranks among OVC leaders in 10 statistical categories, namely third in scoring (21.4) and first in rebounding (10.7) - a category he led for a second consecutive season.

Windler is the only player in America averaging at least 20.0 points, 10.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game.

He has led Belmont to 93 victories and three conference championships in his three-plus seasons, including Power 5 victories over UCLA, Georgia and Vanderbilt. The Bruins have also earned national Top 25 poll votes in three of Windler's four seasons.

The Indianapolis native is a candidate for the Senior CLASS Award, Julius Erving Award and Lou Henson Award.

Windler was a 2017-18 Google Cloud CoSIDA Academic All-America® selection and OVC Scholar-Athlete of the Year award recipient.

A three-time OVC Commissioner's Honor Roll recipient, Windler currently holds a 3.74 grade-point average in his chosen major of accounting.

This marks the 32nd time a Belmont student-athlete has received Academic All-America honors.

In fact, Belmont men's basketball leads the nation in CoSIDA Academic All-America® selections since 2000-01 with 17.

Windler joins Evan Bradds (2016, 2017), Wes Burtner (2001, 2002), Adam Mark (2002, 2003, 2004), Justin Hare (2007, 2008), Andy Wicke (2009), Scott Saunders (2011, 2012), J.J. Mann (2014) and Craig Bradshaw (2015, 2016) so honored.

To be eligible for Academic All-America® consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his current institution and be nominated by his media relations' director.

For a complete listing of the 2018-19 Academic All-America® Division I Men's Basketball Team, log onto www.cosida.com.

Google Cloud CoSIDA Academic All-America® Selections, Men's Basketball Since 2001

  • Belmont 17
  • Butler 10
  • Iowa 8
  • North Dakota State 8
  • Duke 7
  • Florida 7

Belmont University men's basketball has earned postseason invitations 12 of the last 13 seasons, including seven automatic berths to the NCAA Tournament. The Bruins have won 17 conference championships since 2006 - third-most nationally over that span (Gonzaga, Kansas). Belmont is one of only six NCAA Division I programs outside the Power 5 to post Top 100 RPIs eight consecutive seasons (BYU, Gonzaga, Saint Mary's (CA), San Diego State, Wichita State). Belmont is one of only nine NCAA Division I programs to win 19 or more games 14 consecutive seasons (BYU, Duke, Gonzaga, Kansas, Louisville, Michigan State, North Carolina, San Diego State). Belmont University men's basketball boasts an NCAA-leading 17 CoSIDA Academic All-America selections since 2001 and is one of only three NCAA Division I programs to make the NCAA Academic Progress Rate (APR) Honor Roll every year of existence.