Joe Sherburne Named America East Conference Men's Basketball Winter Scholar-Athlete

photo by: Mitchell Layton
photo by: Mitchell Layton

BOSTON — UMBC men's basketball junior forward Joe Sherburne (Whitefish Bay, Wisc.) is among six standout student-athletes that have been named 2017-18 America East Winter Scholar-Athletes.

Joe Sherburne, UMBC, Jr. – Men's Basketball

  • Carries a perfect 4.00 GPA in financial economics.
  • Became the first America East men's basketball standout to earn first-team Academic All-America status from CoSIDA.
  • America East All-Academic choice for the second time in his career.
  • Helped UMBC win the 2018 America East men's basketball title and contributed 14 points and six rebounds in UMBC's historic upset of #1 Virginia in the NCAA tournament


The Scholar-Athletes were members of teams in the six championship sports which America East sponsored in the winter season including men's and women's basketball, men's and women's swimming & diving and men's and women's outdoor track & field. Nominees were put forward by their institution, which could nominate up to one student-athlete per sport, then voted upon by the conference's Student-Athlete Engagement committee. Each America East Scholar-Athlete was a starter or prominent reserve and carries a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.50.

Other recipients are Elinor Purrier (New Hampshire, women's indoor track & field), Lindsey Abed (Hartford, women's basketball), Paul Hogan (New Hampshire, men's indoor track & field), Ross Bernstein (Binghamton, men's swimming & diving), and Emily Borger (Maine, women's swimming & diving.)


Purrier was the national champion in the indoor mile at the 2018 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championship

Sport Scholar-Athletes are automatically eligible for the America East Female or Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year awards, which will be announced in July.

America East is proud to have one of most comprehensive academic awards programs in the country, which honors over two-thirds of its student-athletes for their success in the classroom. 

About America East: The America East provides its member schools and their athletic programs a platform upon which student-athletes can achieve both collegiate and life success through the promotion and nurturing of athletic excellence, academic achievement and leadership, on and off the field.