ELMHURST, Ill. - South Dakota State's Brayden Carlson and Jordan Dykstra were named to the Capital One Academic All-American teams announced today. The naming of Carlson, a first team honoree, and Dykstra, a second team choice, marks The Summit League's highest multiple player distinction in one season.
Carlson is the third student-athlete in league history to earn first team Academic All-American honors, joining Tony Bennett (1991-92) and Brett Winkelman (2007-08 and 2008-09). Both Bennett and Winkelman (2009) were named Academic All-American of the Year.
The 1983-84 season is the only other time in The Summit League history that the league had multiple All-American selections. Then known as the Mid-Continent Conference, Randy Kraayenbrink was a GTE second team honoree and Anthony Boggs was CoSIDA honorable mention.
A senior with a 3.94 grade-point average (GPA) in economics, Carlson is second in The Summit League in minutes per game (36.2), fifth in scoring (15.0 points per game) and 10th in assists (71).
Dykstra, a senior with a 3.71 GPA in biology/pre-dentistry, leads The Summit League in double-doubles (seven), rebounding (7.7 rebounds per game) and ranks second in scoring (16.4 points per game). He is one of 10 national finalists for the men's basketball Senior CLASS Award, recognizing excellence in community, classroom, character and competition.
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