JONESBORO, Ar - ASU senior infielder Brandon Eller, who owns a perfect 4.0 grade point average, was named to the ESPN the Magazine Academic All-America Baseball First Team as selected by members of CoSIDA (College Sports Information Directors of America).
This is the second year in a row that Eller has been named to one of the three ESPN the Magazine Academic All-American national teams. He earned a spot on the-third team a year ago.
"We are so happy for Brandon Eller," said ASU head baseball coach Tommy Raffo. "What a special honor that has been bestowed on him and the ASU baseball program. He is very deserving, with all the hard work he has put in on and off the field."
Eller, a 6-1 infielder/pitcher, is a native of Sherwood, Ark. and holds a perfect 4.0 GPA as a mathematics major at ASU.
One of only three players to start all 53 games for the Red Wolves this past season, Eller batted .311 for ASU and ranked third on the team in hits and runs batted in.
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/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director.
Since the program's inception in 1952, CoSIDA has bestowed Academic All-America honors on more than 14,000 student-athletes in Divisions I, II, III and NAIA, covering all NCAA championship sports.