Austin, Texas - UMBC junior forward Joe Sherburne (Whitefish Bay, Wisc.) has been named to the 2017-18 Academic All-America® Division I Men's Basketball First Team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
Sherburne becomes the first UMBC and first America East Conference men's basketball player to earn the nation's top academic honor at the NCAA Division I level.
Two days ago, Sherburne received the America East Elite 18 Award, which is presented to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point average competing at the finals site at each of the America East's 18 team championships.
Sherburne is maintaining a 4.0 grade-point average in the major of financial economics and is a key member of the 2017-18 America East champion men's basketball team. In late February, he became the 21st Retriever and tenth third-year player in program history to reach the 1,000-point plateau. The sharpshooter currently stands 19th on the all-time list with 1,077 points.
Sherburne is just the second player in school history (Terence Ward, '97-2001) to convert 60 or more treys in his first 3 seasons of play. He is currently seventh on UMBC's all-time list with Just became 7th Retriever to convert 202 career treys.
The Retrievers have won 20 of 21 games this season when Sherburne has scored in double figures and just four of 13 when he is held under 10 points.
Last month, for the second consecutive year, Sherburne was tabbed to the Academic All-District 2 Men's Basketball First Team. He has earned a spot on the America East All-Academic Team for the last two years as well.
Sherburne was joined on the first team by West Virginia's Jevon Carter, Creighton's Tyler Clement, North Dakota State's A.J. Jacobson, and Elon's Tyler Seibring.
The last Retriever to earn a first team honor was men's soccer's Billy Heavner, '17, who earned his degree in financial economics. Sherburne is the eighth student-athlete in Retriever history to earn first team honors and the 23rd UMBC student-athlete to be cited by CoSIDA since 1977.