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Chen & Harris-Tunks Earn All-Pac-12 Academic Honors

Mar 26, 2013

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - For the second straight year, University of Colorado senior guard Sabatino Chen was named All-Pac-12 Academic first team, announced Tuesday by Commissioner Larry Scott.

Redshirt-junior forward Shane Harris-Tunks, who was an honorable mention a year ago, earned second team accolades.

To be eligible for selection to the academic team, a student-athlete must have a minimum 3.0 overall grade-point average and be either a starter or significant contributor.

Chen started 20 of 32 games averaging 4.4 points, 2.2 rebounds 1.3 assists per game; Harris-Tunks made one start in 32 games for the Buffaloes, averaged 1.3 points and 1.6 rebounds. CU finished the season with a NCAA Tournament second round appearance and a 21-12 record.

Both Chen and Harris-Tunks will graduate in May.

Of the 10 student-athletes making up the first and second teams, Stanford had six selected, followed by Colorado with a pair, Arizona State and Utah each had one. 

It's the first time since the 2005-06 season the Buffaloes were represented with a pair on either the first and second team (Billy Boidock: first team; Scott Senger: second team).

Chen is CU's first back-to-back first team academic selection since Trey Eckloff garnered first team honors in 2008-09 and 2009-10 when the Buffs were a Big 12 Conference member. 

Pac-12 All-Academic First Team
Student-Athlete, School                 Class      GPA        Major
Sabatino Chen, Colorado                    Senior    3.51        Mathematics
Carrick Felix, Arizona State               Grad.      3.50        Liberal Studies
John Gage, Stanford                             Junior     3.65        Economics
Robbie Lemons, Stanford                  Junior     3.51        Economics
Jeremy Olsen, Utah                             RS-Jr.      3.79        Business 

Pac-12 All-Academic Second Team
Student-Athlete                                Class      GPA        Major
Shane Harris-Tunks, Colorado         RS-Jr.      3.39        Advertising
Andy Brown, Stanford                        RS-Sr.     3.35        Communication
Stefan Nastic, Stanford                       RS-So.     3.28        Psychology
Dwight Powell, Stanford                    Jr.            3.23        Science, Technology & Society
Chasson Randle, Stanford                  So.           3.35        Undeclared

Honorable Mention: Angus Brandt, Sr., Oregon State; Anthony Brown, Jr., Stanford; David Kravish, So., California