St. Ambrose's Donnelly earns academic honor

2012-02-20T18:20:00Z 2012-02-20T19:51:54Z St. Ambrose's Donnelly earns academic honorSteve Batterson The Quad-City Times
February 20, 2012 6:20 pm  • 

St. Ambrose senior Chris Donnelly has gotten it done on the basketball court for the 15th-ranked Fighting Bees for four seasons.

The 6-foot-5 forward ranks among the top 20 on the school's career scoring list and currently ranks fourth in the nation in NAIA Division II basketball with his average of 2.1 blocks per game, rejecting 60 shots in 29 games to help St. Ambrose to a 22-8 record.

Donnelly has also thrived in the classroom, named Monday as one five first-team selections on the 2012 Capital One academic all-American basketball team for the College Division, which consists of players from all NAIA, Canadian and two-year institutions.

A Peoria, Ill., native, Donnelly majors in industrial engineering at St. Ambrose and maintains a 3.70 grade-point average. He was previously named as an academic all-district selection for the second straight year.

To be eligible for consideration for the team selected for the past 60 years by the College Sports Information Directors of America, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.30 on a 4.0 scale and be at least a sophomore from an eligibility standpoint.

Donnelly has been a key contributor to a St. Ambrose team which won the Midwest Collegiate Conference title and takes a 12-game winning streak into postseason play.

He is third on the team in scoring at 11.2 points per game and is second with averages of 6.0 rebounds and 2.6 assists. In addition to leading the Fighting Bees in blocks, he also leads the team with an average of 1.5 steals per game.

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