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April 9, 2010

Mekongo, Robertson, and Weingarten Named to Division I-AAA Scholar-Athlete Teams

Senior Yves Mekongo and junior Steve Weingarten of the La Salle men’s basketball team and senior Morgan Robertson of the Explorer women’s basketball team have been named to the Division I-AAA Scholar Athlete Teams.  The teams were selected by the Division I-AAA Athletics Directors Association (DI-AAA ADA).

La Salle is the only school in the nation to have three players selected to the Scholar Athlete Teams and the only school to have two men’s basketball players recognized. Additionally, La Salle is one of two schools to have a men’s and women’s student-athlete on the teams.

This is the third straight year that Mekongo has earned distinction on the Division I-AAA Scholar-Athlete Team. Earlier this year, he was named the Atlantic 10 Men's Basketball Student-Athlete of the Year and a CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine First Team Academic All-American. He is a three-time Academic All-Atlantic and a two-time CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District selection as well.
The senior forward from Elizabeth, N.J., boasts a 3.81 grade point average while majoring in Integrated Science, Business, and Technology. A second-team Academic All-American a year ago, Mekongo averaged 11.0 points in 2009-10 and finished his career with 1,014 points.

Weingarten earns Division I-AAA Scholar Athlete Team honors for the first time in his career. A second-team Academic All-District selection, Weingarten has a 3.88 grade point average as a history major.

The Baltimore, Md., native earned a scholarship after walking-on as a Division III transfer from Connecticut College. He appeared in all 30 games in 2009-10, starting nine, and is averaging 5.4 points and 4.4 rebounds per game.

Robertson earns Division I-AAA Scholar Athlete Team honors for the second straight year. She was named the Atlantic 10 Women’s Basketball Student-Athlete of the Year and was a CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine First Team Academic All-District pick. The senior is also a two-time Academic All-Atlantic 10 selection.
The Amarillo, Tex., native led the Explorers in scoring (10.1) and rebounding (5.8) and had a 3.89 grade point average with a dual major in psychology and political science.

Basketball players from all Division I-AAA ADA member institutions are eligible for these prestigious awards. Each of the nominees was required to have a minimum grade point average of 3.20 (on a 4.00 scale) in undergraduate study and have been a starter or important reserve with legitimate athletics credentials. He/she must have reached junior athletics and academic standing at the nominated institution (true freshmen, red-shirt freshmen and ineligible athletics transfers are not eligible) and have completed at least three academic semesters/five quarters at the nominated institution. Nominated student-athletes must have participated in at least 50 percent of the team's games listed on the nomination form.

A special Review Committee of Division I-AAA athletics directors were responsible for selecting the winners. Completing this task were Committee Chair Tim Hall; Pete Carlon, Texas Arlington; Don DiJulia, Saint Joseph’s; Gene Doris, Fairfield; Bill Husak, Loyola Marymount; Jean Lenti Ponsetto, DePaul; Kelly Mehrtens, North Carolina Wilmington; Dave Mullins, East Tennessee State; and John Planek, Loyola (Ill.).

About Division I-AAA ADA: Now in its ninth year, the Division I-AAA Athletics Directors Association's mission is to enhance initiatives common to its Division I-AAA membership (the 95 Division I institutions that do not sponsor football), in particular, aspects related to their flagship basketball programs. For more information on the Division I-AAA ADA, please visit www.div1aaa-ada.com. The Division I-AAA ADA is administered by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA), which is in its 45th year. For more information on NACDA and the 11 professional associations that fall under its umbrella, please visit www.nacda.com.
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