Story contributed by Christopher Macaluso, ACU Asst. Director for Athletics Media Relations
ABILENE - The Southland Conference Tuesday announced its all-academic teams for the 2013-14 men's basketball season and Abilene Christian sophomore guard Parker Wentz received first team honors by virtue of his earlier selection to the Capital One Academic All-District team.
The Southland Conference All-Academic teams are voted on by each school's head basketball coach, academic advisor, and sports information directors.
Wentz' teammates on the academic all-conference first team include McNeese State junior and Southland Men's Basketball Student-Athlete of the Year Kevin Hardy plus the Stephen F. Austin trio of Desmond Haymon, Jacob Parker and Thomas Walkup.
A fourth Lumberjack, Nikola Gajic, made the academic all-conference second team along with Incarnate Word's Kyle Hittle and Ian Markoff, Northwestern State senior Gary Stewart, and Jake Kocher of Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.
A Lubbock native and biology/pre-med major with a 3.90 GPA, Wentz flourished in his role as team leader after two of ACU's top players were shelved near the start of Southland Conference play. And he responded in kind by finishing as the league's no. 14 scorer with 13.9 points per game and .491 field goal percentage, which is incredible considering a majority of his attempts were from 3-point range.
Wentz fired 178 3-pointers and made 79 for a .444 percentage. His 2.5 3-pointers made per game were tied for first in the league with Ledrick Eackles of McNeese State.
Wentz also finished the year ranked 17th in assists (2.8), second in free throw percentage (.870), fourth in steals (1.6), and sixth in minutes played (33.5). He played a full 40 minutes in six conference games, plus 41 at Southeastern Louisiana and 43 at McNeese State.
After being held scoreless on four attempts vs. the Lions on Jan. 11, Wentz finished the year on a 15-game streak in which he scored 10-or-more points. This stretch included a career high 27 points in a win over Houston Baptist and five consecutive 20-point games vs. Dallas Christian (22), Arlington Baptist (24), Southwestern Adventist (24), Nicholls (20) and McNeese State (24).
The Southland Conference's all-academic teams for women's basketball will be released Wednesday.