Dentlinger, Selland honored for academics

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South Dakota State forward Matt Dentlinger was named Thursday to the NCAA Division I 2020-21 Academic All-District 6 Men’s Basketball Team, which is selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America.

A repeat selection to the six-player squad, Dentlinger has maintained a perfect 4.0 grade-point average throughout his collegiate career as a mechanical engineering major. He will advance to the national ballot for Academic All-America consideration later this month.

On the court, the junior from Arcadia, Iowa, has played in 87 games with 62 starts over his three seasons with the Jackrabbits, and has averaged 8.2 points and 4.4 rebounds per game while shooting 62.2 percent from the field. Dentlinger was a second-team all-Summit League performer during the 2019-20 season when he averaged 12.2 points and 6.0 rebounds per game.

This past season, Dentlinger posted averages of 10.2 points and 4.4 rebounds per game, shooting a career-best 63.7 percent from the field.

WOMEN

South Dakota State’s Myah Selland was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District 6 Women’s Basketball Team Thursday.

The redshirt junior from Letcher has compiled a 3.97 grade point average in exercise science and community and public health. Selland has recently earned WBCA All-America Honorable Mention honors and was selected to the Academic All-League Team. On the court, she has been named Summit League Player of the Year, an All-Summit League First Team selection and was a finalist for the Becky Hammon Mid-Major Player of the Year.

Selland led the Jackrabbits and the Summit League with 19.2 points per game, including 19.5 points per game in Summit League play. She scored 15-plus points in 19 contests, including 20-plus points on six occasions, and registered five double-doubles. She shot 51.5 percent from the field and 32.8 percent from beyond the arc. The redshirt junior added 6.8 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 1.3 steals per game. Additionally, Selland was a six-time Summit League Player of the Week and two-time Female Athlete of the Month honoree throughout the season.

Selland will advance to the CoSIDA Academic All-America® ballot. First-, second- and third-team Academic All-America® honorees will be announced in late May.

The 2020-21 Academic All-District and All-America programs recognize the nation’s top student-athletes for their combined performances on the court and in the classroom. The Academic All-District 6 Team is made up of student-athletes from institutions in Arkansas, Iowa, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin and Wyoming. Candidates must be at least a sophomore in athletic and academic standing, a starter or key reserve on his/her team and carry at least a 3.3 GPA.

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