Austin, Texas – UMBC graduate student forward Joe Sherburne (Whitefish Bay, Wisc.) has been named the 2018-19 Academic All-America Team Member of the Year as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
Sherburne, who became the first Retriever and first America East Conference men’s basketball player to earn Academic All-America First Team honors last season, is a repeat selection on this year’s first team. He the first student-athlete in any sport in conference history to be honored as the Member of the Year.
"A lot of credit goes to my parents and the schools I grew up in, really attentive, good schools that I went to,” Sherburne said. “You would not have expected a couple of years ago that a player from UMBC could get this award. If we don't have the success we've been having, this might not have happened, so there's a big team aspect to this individual award."
Five others join Sherburne as repeat selections on Google Cloud Academic All-America® Division I Men’s Basketball teams from 2017-18 – Dylan Windler (Belmont University), Luke Maye (University of North Carolina), Marcus Bartley (Southern Illinois University), Skylar Mays (Louisiana State University), and Tyler Seibring (Elon University).
"It's an amazing accomplishment,” said head coach Ryan Odom. ”Those out there that have been through all levels of education understand how hard it is. You add to it that he is a Division I athlete and his time is taken up with all kinds of weight training and practices, etc., to be that consistent is really impressive. It's great recognition for Joe, we're really proud of him."
For more information regarding the Google Cloud Academic All-America® program, visit https://
Joe Sherburne by the Numbers –
One of 2 Players in UMBC history to record 1,500 points, 500 rebounds and 200 assists.
Took 3 Years to earn his undergraduate degree in financial economics
Owns a 4.(0) grade-point average through seven semesters of academic work at UMBC.
One of two players to don the jersey number 13 in school history. The other, Emmerson Small, is a member of the UMBC Athletics’ Hall of Fame
Posted 84 games in double figures
Has started 126 games and played in 134, both UMBC school records
Has been on the floor for 4,177 minutes, just 37 shy of a Retriever record
Of the approximately 4,500 men’s basketball Division I players competing this season, Sherburne is the No. 1 student-athlete, a.k.a., the 2018-19 CoSIDA Academic All-America Team Member of the Year