Hope College men’s basketball player Harrison Blackledge has received College Sports Information Directors of America Academic All-District honors for the 2016-17 season.
The senior forward from Canton, Ohio (Hoover HS) is now eligible for Academic All-American consideration that will be determined by voting from Division III sports information directors from across the country.
Blackledge is one of six honorees from District 6 that covers NCAA Division III member schools in Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin.
Blackledge is pursuing a double major of communication and management at Hope College. He holds a 3.91 grade point average.
This season, Blackledge leads the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association in scoring at 20.3 points per game while shooting 57.3 percent from the field for fourth-best in the MIAA.
Blackledge is a team co-captain who has helped lead Hope to an outright MIAA championship with three games remaining in the regular season. This is the Flying Dutchmen’s 39th MIAA title and second in a row.
Hope currently sports an 18-4 overall record and an 11-0 mark in MIAA play. The Flying Dutchmen are ranked 21st in the latest D3hoops.com rankings.
Blackledge ranks 19th all-time among Flying Dutchmen players with 1,244 career points.
Blackledge is a three-time member of the MIAA Academic Honor Roll, having earned the distinction as a junior, sophomore and freshman.
The Division II and III Academic All-America® program is being financially supported
by the NCAA Division II and III national governance structures, to assist CoSIDA with
handling the awards fulfillment aspects for the 2016-17 Division II and Division III
Academic All-America® teams program.
First Team Academic All-District® honorees advance to the CoSIDA Academic All-America® Team ballot, where first-, second- and third-team All-America® honorees will be selected later this month.