For the second consecutive year, Belmont University junior Justin Hare has been named to the CoSida Academic All-District Men’s Basketball Team.
The 6’2 guard from Cleveland, Tenn., sports a 3.85 GPA in his chosen major of exercise science and health promotion.
Hare, among the most decorated players in Belmont basketball history, is the reigning Atlantic Sun Tournament MVP, a Preseason All-Atlantic Sun First Team selection, and a five-time Atlantic Sun Player of the Week honoree. Equally adept at driving or shooting from long distance, Hare has scored 1,163 career points to place him as one of seven Bruin players to eclipse the 1,000 point plateau (NCAA era).
Known for rising to the occasion in pressure situations, Hare has made a shot to win the game or force overtime a staggering 10 times. Hare’s career-high 32 point performance in the 2006 Atlantic Sun Championship game against Lipscomb propelled Belmont to its first-ever trip to the NCAA Tournament. This season, he leads Belmont in scoring at 15.0 points per game.
Hare joins former Bruin greats Adam Mark and Wes Burtner as the only Belmont players ever to have received multiple Academic All-District distinction.
“It is rewarding to see a young man like Justin be honored for his hard work in the classroom as well as his performance on the court,” Belmont Head Coach Rick Byrd said. “Our basketball program and his teammates are happy for him as he earns his second consecutive All-District award.”
Joining Hare on the District Four First Team are Joe Reitz of Western Michigan University, Matt Lefeld of Bowling Green State University, Bobby Perry of the University of Kentucky and Ty Rogers of Western Kentucky University. Hare, Reitz, and Lefeld were on the 2006 Academic All-District First Team as well.
The Academic All-District teams are voted on by members of CoSida – the College Sports Information Directors of America.
First Team All-District honorees also receive consideration for ESPN The Magazine’s Academic All-America awards.