Coastal’s McLaurin earns spot on all-academic squad

Coastal Carolina junior Sam McLaurin has been named to the 2012 Capital One Academic All-District Team as selected by College Sports Information Directors of America. Representing District 4, McLaurin has a GPA of 3.48 while majoring in communication.

McLaurin leads the men’s basketball team in rebounding (8.2) while averaging 10.5 points per game. Earlier this season he became the all-time blocked shots leader in Coastal Carolina history and now has 147 career blocks.

On Dec. 19 against East Carolina he became only the third player in CCU history to register 500 rebounds and 100 blocked shots.

The Havana, Fla. native totaled a career-high 16 boards in addition to his 13 points in Coastal’s 71-63 win over LSU earlier this year.

First team Academic All-District honorees advance to the Capital One Academic All-American Team ballot.

McLaurin becomes the third Chanticleers to earn a spot on the squad. Jack Leasure made it for three consecutive seasons (2005-08) while Logan Johnson was on the 2009-10 team.

McLaurin and the rest of the Coastal Carolina men’s basketball team return to the hardwood on Saturday, Feb. 4 to face Charleston Southern in Kimbel Arena. Tipoff is slated for 2:00 and will be broadcast locally on NBC WMBF and regionally on MASN.

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