LAWRENCE, Kan. - Kansas men's basketball senior Niko Roberts and sophomore Perry Ellis have been named to the Academic All-Big 12 Team, announced by the league office Wednesday. Both Jayhawks were selected to the academic all-conference second team.
Kansas leads the Big 12 with 50 all-time Academic All-Big 12 honorees since the inception of the conference in 1996-97. Texas is second with 42. KU has 37 Academic All-Big 12 First Team honorees and 13 second-team selections.
In the Bill Self era, Kansas has had 27 student-athletes named Academic All-Big 12, which is best in the Big 12 during his 11 seasons at KU.
Roberts is a three-time member of both the Athletic Director and Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll member. Ellis, also a three-time AD and Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll member, was named to the inaugural Academic All-Big 12 Rookie Team in 2013.
First team members consist of those student-athletes who have maintained a 3.20 or better GPA while the second team selections hold a 3.00 to 3.19 GPA.
To qualify, student-athletes must maintain a 3.00 GPA or higher either cumulative or the two previous semesters and must have participated in 60 percent of their team's scheduled contests. Senior student-athletes who have participated for a minimum of two years and meet all the criteria except percent of participation are also eligible.
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