BOISE, Idaho -- It wasn't only on the court that the Boise State men's basketball team excelled. The Broncos also put together a great year in the classroom claiming a league-high four academic All-WAC honors, while also boasting the program's first academic All-American and leading the Western Athletic Conference in APR for the second straight season.
Seniors Matt Nelson and Matt Bauscher, sophomore Kurt Cunningham and freshman Paul Noonan all earned a spot on the WAC's all-academic team giving Boise State four of the 12 total men's basketball players on the all-academic team.
Nelson was also one of 15 players nationally to be named to the 2008 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America University Division Men’s Basketball Team, selected by CoSIDA. Nelson, a third-team selection, was the first Boise State men’s basketball player to ever be honored, and just the 11th Boise State player in any sport. Gabe Wallin, men’s track and field, in 2005 was the last Bronco honored. Nelson, who completed his degree in business in December 2007 with a 3.52 GPA, helped Boise State to a 25-9 record and a WAC championship. He was Boise State’s second leading scorer and rebounder, averaging 15.7 points and 7.3 rebounds per game. He finished third in the country in field goal percentage, making 64.7 percent of his field goal attempts.
As a team, Boise State compiled a WAC-best multi-year APR of 954. The APR covers four seasons, stretching from 2003-04 to 2006-07.