IUPUI's Najee Named to DI-AAA Athletic Directors Association Scholar-Athlete Team

IUPUI's Najee Named to DI-AAA Athletic Directors Association Scholar-Athlete Team

CLEVELAND (iupuijags.com) - IUPUI senior Khufu Najee continued to add to his list of postseason accolades on Friday (Apr. 17) as the Berkeley, Calif.-native was chosen to the 13th annual Division I-AAA Athletics Directors Association (DI-ADA) Scholar-Athlete Team. Friday's award furthers a year in which Najee was named Academic All-Summit League and selected among the national finalists for the Senior CLASS Award. 

Najee was joined on the team by Craig Bradshaw (Belmont), John Kopriva (George Washington), Dion Nesmith (Hofstra), Mark Nwakamma (Hartford), Kevin Pangos (Gonzaga), Corey Petros (Oakland), Matt Stainbrook (Xavier), Thomas van der Mars (Portland) and Corban Wroe (Hartford). Bradshaw was named Scholar-Athlete of the Year. 

Basketball players from all Division I-AAA ADA member institutions are eligible for the awards with individuals required to have a minimum grade point average of 3.20 (on a 4.00 scale) in undergraduate study and have been a starter or important reserve with legitimate athletic credentials. 

Najee maintained a 3.71 GPA and completed his undergraduate work last summer. He's now pursuing his Master's degree in Sports Journalism. Last year, he was one of the few student-athletes selected to participate in the NCAA Mock Selection process, getting a behind-the-scenes look at the tournament selection process at the NCAA National Headquarters. As part of his course work, Najee was among a selected group of students who covered the Men's Final Four in Indianapolis for the Sports Journalism program. He also recently threw out the first pitch at the Apr. 14 Indianapolis Indians game and had the chance to address the crowd prior to the contest.

On the court, he averaged 7.4 points and 3.1 rebounds per game while shooting 44.4 percent from the floor in 22 games. He also connected on 80 percent of his free throw attempts and averaged just less than a steal per game. For his two-year career, he averaged 8.9 points per game and made 49 starts, while connecting on 80.9 percent from the free throw line.