Nikolic Named to Verizon/CoSIDA District IV Men's Basketball Academic Team

Feb. 22, 2001

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- - UAB senior Igor Nikolic was one of five student-athletes chosen today to comprise the Men's Basketball Verizon Academic All-District team for District IV as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

Nikolic, a 7-foot-1 center from Zemun, Serbia, has averaged 5.2 points and 3.7 rebounds per contest in 26 games this season. He currently ranks eighth in career blocks at UAB with 64.

In the classroom, Nikolic collected a 3.97 cumulative grade point average as an undergraduate, which includes a year at Garden City Community College in Kansas. He earned his undergraduate degree in electrical engineering last March and currently is in the electrical engineering post-graduate program where he has achieved a 4.0 grade point average. Since enrolling at UAB, Nikolic has not earned a grade lower than an A.

Some of Nikolic's honors during his tenure at UAB include being named to the President's and Dean's List every quarter since enrollment, a three-time Conference USA Medal of Honor and Commissioner's Honor Roll selection and was named the UAB School of Engineering Student of the Year for 2000.

In the community, Nikolic is a member of ROAR (Reaching Out As A Role Model) which speaks to area youth about the importance of staying in school. He volunteers his time as a Peer Tutor, helping other UAB athletes with their studies and is one of the founders of UAB's Sexual Responsibility/Drug and Alcohol seminars through the CHAMPS program at the university.

Joining Nikolic on the team were Wes Burtner of Belmont, Mike Ensminger of Miami (Ohio), Craig Haese of Youngstown State and Nate Schindewolf of Akron. Ensiminger is the only player who has been chosen twice to this team.

In order to be nominated, the student-athlete must be a starter or important reserve with at least a 3.20 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) for his career and already completed one academic year at that individual's institution.

District IV includes the states of Ohio, Tennessee, Alabama, Kentucky and Michigan. The names of the five student-athletes will appear on the Verizon Academic All-America national ballot with the All-America team chosen Mar. 13.

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