Scholar-Athlete Spotlight: IUPUI

IUPUI's Tori Minnich, Leah Brooks and Khufu Najee
IUPUI's Tori Minnich, Leah Brooks and Khufu Najee

Each month, The Summit League will feature outstanding student-athlete performances from a selected institution as recognized by its Faculty Athletic Representative. The November installment of The Summit League Scholar-Athlete Spotlight features three student-athletes from IUPUI.

Tori Minnich, Women’s Soccer
Eligibility Year/Hometown: So./Fort Wayne, Ind.
Major: Health Sciences
GPA:  4.00

Earlier this fall, Tori became just the sixth player in IUPUI women's soccer history to earn Academic All-District accolades, maintaining a perfect 4.0 grade point average while majoring in health sciences. The Fort Wayne, Ind., native ranks among The Summit League leaders with seven goals scored and has helped power the Jaguars back to the league tournament for the first time since 2009. Minnich was IUPUI's Offensive MVP as a freshman in 2013, scoring four goals and adding an assist from her forward position. This year, she has two multi-goal games, including a hat trick in the 3-3 tie with Indiana State on Sept. 21. She later scored a pair of goals in the Jaguars' 3-1 win at Fort Wayne on Oct. 12 of this season.

Leah Brooks, Cross Country/Track & Field
Eligibility Year/Hometown: Jr./Dunlap, Ill.
Major: English Education
GPA: 3.92

Leah recently earned a Second Team All-Summit League spot by virtue of a 12th-place finish at this year's league championships and maintains a 3.92 grade point average while majoring in English education. She was IUPUI's top runner throughout the 2014 season and held the league's fastest 4K time. In addition, she opened the year with a season-best 5K time of 19:05.3, helping IUPUI to a meet win over cross-town rival Butler University. Last year, she was runner-up at the IPFW Invitational on Sept. 7, running a 6K time of 22:44.46. She's been on IUPUI's Academic Advisor's List every semester of her career and was named to The Summit League Commissioner's List of Academic Excellence in 2013-14.

Khufu Najee, IUPUI
Eligibility Year/Hometown: Sr./Berkeley, Calif.
Major: Sports Journalism
GPA:  3.71

Entering his final year of collegiate eligibility and already having finished his undergrad work, men's basketball senior Khufu Najee holds a 3.71 grade point average and is pursuing a master's degree in sports journalism. The Berkeley, Calif., native was voted to The Summit League's All-Newcomer Team last season after averaging 9.9 points per game and scoring in double-digits 17 times. He scored a career-high 22 points against SEMO on Nov. 16 and had his lone career double-double off 11 points and career-high 11 rebounds against Judson on Jan. 2. In Summit League play, he upped his offensive output to 10.8 points per game while shooting 47.4 percent from the field. He was named to the NABC Honors Court and was a Summit League Academic Honor Roll Distinguished Scholar last season. In addition, he was named to IUPUI's Academic Advisor's List both semesters of his junior campaign.

Information written and compiled by IUPUI.