Jan. 30, 2014
EASTON, Pa. – A pair of Lafayette men’s basketball student-athletes, junior Joey Ptasinski and classmate Seth Hinrichs claimed places on the 2013-14 Capital One Academic All-District II First Team, it was announced Thursday. The team is voted upon by the College Sports Information Directors of America.
The Academic All-District teams are divided into eight geographic regions, with District II consisting of institutions located in Washington, D.C., Delaware, Kentucky, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Each team honors six players, regardless of position, and recognizes the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom. First-Team Academic All-District honorees advance to the Capital One Academic All-America Team ballot, where first-, second- and third-team All-America honorees will be selected later this month.
Ptasinski, an Academic All-Patriot League Team choice in 2012-13, owns a 3.49 cumulative grade-point average in Biology and is coming off a performance in which he scored a season-high 21 points against Colgate on Jan. 27. Ptasinski hit five of his six three-point attempts in the game and moved into a tie for 10th place on Lafayette’s all-time threes list with 147 in his career. The junior sharpshooter has made 41.2 percent of his career attempts from beyond the arc, which ranks fifth in Lafayette history. This season, Ptasinski has played in all 20 games, including 13 starts, and has career-bests in points per game (11.3) and field goal percentage (47.1%).
Hinrichs joins Ptasinski on the squad with his 3.35 GPA in Economics. The Patriot League’s all-time leader in three-point field goal percentage at 46.0 percent, Hinrichs is Lafayette’s leading scorer in 2013-14 at 18.7 points per game. A left knee injury limited Hinrichs to 10 games (nine starts), but he returned to the hardwood against Colgate (1/27) and looks to regain the form he possessed early in the season. Hinrichs scored a career-high 28 points on two occasions this year and has 13 career 20-point outings to his credit.
In addition to Ptasinski and Hinrichs, Loyola sophomore Franz Rassman was the only other Patriot League student-athlete recognized for the prestigious honor.
Lafayette begins the second half of Patriot League play on Saturday when Navy comes to College Hill. Lafayette Sports Network will have coverage of the game beginning at 2 p.m., while Patriot League Network will carry the game online.
For the complete release and full team list click here.