MUNCIE, Ind. - Ball State sophomore forward Matt Kamieniecki (Clarkston, Mich./Clarkston) has been named to the five-member Academic All-Mid-American Conference Team, as voted by faculty athletic representatives at MAC institutions. Kamieniecki is the first Cardinal to earn Academic All-MAC honors since Dennis Trammell and Matt McCollom were named to the team in 2005.
Kamieniecki boasts the second-highest GPA on the Academic All-MAC team, posting a 3.568 mark in business. He played in all 24 games in which he was healthy, battling through a back injury and a concussion. He made 10 starts on the year as the team's top reserve forward while connecting on 48.8 percent (21-of-43) from the field in 12.9 minutes per game.
Joining Kamieniecki on the Academic All-MAC team is Akron's Brian Walsh, Buffalo's Tony Watson, Toledo's Rian Pearson and Western Michigan's Brandon Pokley.
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.
2011-12 MAC Men's Basketball Academic All-MAC Team
Matt Kamieniecki, Ball State, 3.568 GPA, Business
Brian Walsh, Akron, 3.351 GPA, Business Administration
Tony Watson, Buffalo, 3.20 GPA, Management
Rian Pearson, Toledo, 3.205 GPA, Individualized Studies
Brandon Pokley, Western Michigan, 3.94 GPA, Finance