March 21, 2007
Cleveland, Ohio -- The Mid-American Conference announced on Wednesday (March 21) that Northern Illinois senior center James Hughes (Silvis, Ill.) has been named to the Academic All-MAC squad, as voted on by MAC faculty athletic representatives.
The number of honorees on the MAC All-Academic team is the number that is set for the specific sport or 33% of the number of nominees, whichever is greater.
Hughes, who earned his bachelors degree in General Studies in May of 2006, totaled a 3.27 cumulative grade-point-average following the 2006 Fall semester. On the court, the 2006 MAC Defensive Player of the Year averaged 12.1 points and 6.1 rebounds and became the 27th player in NIU history to reach 1,000 career points.
Joining Hughes on the Academic All-MAC team were Bowling Green's Matt Lefeld (3.97, Purchasing and Supply Chain Management); Kent State's Armon Gates (3.675, Sports Administration); Toledo's Jonathan Amos (3.365, Undecided) and Western Michigan's Andrew Hershberger (3.60, Biomedical Science) and Joe Reitz (3.72, Finance).
The Academic All-MAC honor is for a student-athlete who has excelled in athletics and academics. To qualify, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.20 cumulative GPA and have participated in at least 50 percent of the contests for that particular sport. First-year students and junior college transfers in their first year of residence are not eligible for the award.