Schultz, Spradling named Academic All-Big 12

By The Mercury

K-State men’s basketball players Ryan Schultz and Will Spradling were among 29 athletes named to the 2014 Academic All-Big 12 First and Second Teams, as announced by the league office on Wednesday.

Schultz was one of 16 players to earn first-team academic all-conference honors, while Spradling was one of 13 players named to the Big 12’s second team.

This was the first-career honor for Schultz, while Spradling earned the accolade for the second straight season after posting second-team honors as a junior.

Schultz has seen action in 27 games in his two-year career at K-State, including 14 games this season. He scored a season-high three points to go with two rebounds in the win over Troy on Dec. 15.

Schultz has been named to the last three Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Rolls.

Spradling became the 25th player in school history with 1,000 career points on Tuesday night with his 10-point effort in the win over Texas Tech. He is also one of just four Wildcats with 1,000 points, 300 rebounds, 300 assists and 100 steals in a career, joining Steve Henson, Askia Jones and Jacob Pullen.

In addition, he is one of just six players in school history with 100 career starts and now ranks fourth in school history with 3,557 career minutes played. He ranks among the Top 10 in nine career categories at K-State.

One of just two players to start in all 28 games this season, Spradling is first on the team in assists (80), steals (36) and minutes played (850), while he is second in 3-pointers (46) and fourth in scoring.  He has scored in double figures 44 times in his career, including nine times this season.

Spradling has been selected to the Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll four times.

Six Wildcats — Brandon Bolden, Jack Karapetyan, Brian Rohleder, Ryan Schultz, Spradling and Jevon Thomas — were named to the Fall Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll in early January.

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