|Ross Danzig||Meredith Mesaris|
Senior guard Ross Danzig (Clarks Green, Pa./Abington Heights/Blair Academy, N.J.) and senior forward Meredith Mesaris (Fairfax, Va./Fairfax) have been named to the Capital One Academic All-District teams by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), putting them one step away from being named Academic All-American.
The duo was honored in District 4, which covers all NCAA Division III institutions in Pennsylvania. Five players are chosen to each of eight districts across the country. To qualify for the honor, a student-athlete must be at least a sophomore, be a key starter or reserve, and maintain a cumulative grade-point average (GPA) of 3.3 or above. All honorees from the eight districts across the nation are now eligible for Academic All-America honors.
Danzig and Mesaris, who were both Academic All-District honorees last season, have been major forces for The University of Scranton men’s and women’s basketball teams throughout their careers, and this year has been no different.
Danzig, a management major with a 3.42 GPA, is the Royals’ second-leading scorer at 14.2 points per game while averaging 6.0 rebounds, 4.5 assists, 1.1 steals and 0.6 blocks per game this season. He’s been at his best over the past two weeks, averaging 19.7 points, 7.3 rebounds, 6.7 assists and 1.3 steals while shooting 61.1 percent from the field in a trio of victories.
A Landmark Conference honor roll recipient in 2013 and 2014, Danzig has been named all-Landmark first-team each of the past two seasons, and was the Player of the Year last season and Rookie of the Year in 2012. He was a first-team all-Mid-Atlantic Region selection by D3hoops.com last season and a first-team all-Middle Atlantic Region selection by the National Association of Basketball Coaches.
Mesaris, a management major with a 3.68 GPA, has been the top offensive force in the Landmark Conference this season, averaging 20.0 points per game while shooting 50.6 percent from the field and 87.5 percent from the free throw line. She has 12 games of 20 or more points this season, including a current four-game streak, and has scored 30 on three different occasions.
An honorable mention All-American by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association last season, Mesaris was also named a preseason third-team All-American by D3hoops.com this season. She was a Landmark Conference academic honor roll recipient in 2013 and 2014, and was a first-team all-conference selection in 2014 and a second-team choice in 2013.
The Lady Royals (19-2, 11-1 Landmark) and Royals (16-4, 10-1) are back in action on Saturday when they travel to Juniata for a Landmark Conference doubleheader. The women’s game tips off at 2 p.m., followed by the men at 4.
For the complete list of Academic All-District honorees, visit http://www.cosida.com/news/2015/2/5/AAA_0205150525.aspx.