Junior forward garners distinction after posting a 3.27 cumulative GPA while majoring in interdisciplinary studies
NEW ORLEANS – A standout on the court and in the classroom, University of New Orleans standout Travin Thibodeaux has been honored for his success in both as the junior forward from Plaquemine, La., was named to the Southland Conference Men’s Basketball All-Academic Second Team on Thursday based on a vote of league head coaches, sports information directors and academic advisors.
The 6-9, 242-pound graduate of Brusly High School, earned the distinction after posting a cumulative 3.27 grade point average through the Fall 2016 semester while majoring in interdisciplinary studies with a concentration in pre-dentistry. The 2016-17 academic honor is the first of his career and marks the third-consecutive season that UNO placed a student-athlete on the squad as former Privateer standout Kevin Hill earned the distinction in both 2014-15 and 2015-16.
“We are very happy and excited for Travin to receive this recognition from the Southland Conference,” UNO head coach Mark Slessinger said. “It is an honor that defines being a student-athlete. He has worked very diligently to excel on and off the court. Travin has done very well at balancing his responsibilities in a very competitive curriculum within his major and succeeding on the court in our great conference. He has also continued to be very active off the court giving back to our city and community.”
A member of the 2016-17 SLC All-Defensive Team, Thibodeaux played in all 32 games with 31 starts this past season, leading the team with 104 assists while ranking second with 233 rebounds and 7.3 rebounds per game. He also finished tied for second on the squad with 47 steals, third with 277 points scored, 105 field goals made, a .517 field goal percentage and 15 blocks, fourth with 8.7 points per game and a .698 free throw percentage, and tied for fourth with 67 free throws made.
In a game against Florida College back on Nov. 25, Thibodeaux posted just the third triple-double in UNO history and the first since 2009 with a career-high 11 assists, to go with 10 rebounds and 10 points while logging a career-best six steals. He scored in double figures 16 times with a career-best 18 points on 7-of-9 shooting from the field and a 4-of-4 effort from the free throw line at Abilene Christian on Feb. 1, and tallied five double-doubles when including his effort vs. Florida College.
For the season, Thibodeaux pulled down seven-plus rebounds 20 times, handed out four-or-more assists on 12 occasions and tallied nine multiple-steal outings. He also recorded a season-high two blocked shots vs. Abilene Christian on Dec. 29, at Lamar on Jan. 5 and at Incarnate Word on Jan. 7.
Off the court, Thibodeaux earned Southland Conference Commissioner’s List honors his first two collegiate seasons and was twice named a UNO Scholar-Athlete. Active in the community as well as on campus, he – along with his teammates – have volunteered with Special Olympics Louisiana and Son of A Saint while assisting in the clean-up efforts following flooding in Southeast Louisiana in August and the tornado that touched down in New Orleans East in early February.
Thibodeaux played a pivotal role in the Privateers’ historic season which saw the team finish 20-12 overall, claim the Southland Conference regular-season crown with a 13-5 league record, win the SLC Tournament with a 68-65 overtime win against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and advance to the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship for the first time since 1996.
2016-17 Southland Conference Men’s Basketball All-Academic First Team
Name School Class GPA Major
Reveal Chukwujekwu Houston Baptist Sr. 3.32 Accounting
Jordan Howard Central Arkansas Jr. 3.80 Digital Filmmaking
Jaren Lewis Abilene Christian So. 3.46 Management
Aurimas Majauskas Sam Houston State Sr. 3.27 International Business
Sabri Thompson Northwestern State Sr. 3.73 Accounting/Business Administration
2016-17 Southland Conference Men’s Basketball All-Academic Second Team
Name School Class GPA Major
Sam Burmeister Incarnate Word Gr. 3.70 MBA/Finance
T.J. Holyfield Stephen F. Austin So. 3.15 Undecided
Jake Kocher Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Gr. 3.53 Business
Colton Lasher Houston Baptist Sr. 3.21 Management
Travin Thibodeaux New Orleans Jr. 3.27 Interdisciplinary Studies/Pre-Dentistry
Southland Conference Men’s Basketball Scholar-Athlete Of The Year – Jordan Howard (Central Arkansas)