February 21, 2012

Hollingsworth and Karraker Named to CoSIDA Academic All-America Team

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – MIT seniors Noel Hollingsworth (Salt Lake City, Utah) and Jamie Karraker (Morgantown, W. Va.) were each named to the Capital One Academic All-America men's basketball second team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Hollingsworth and Karraker become the 179th and 180 Academic All-Americans in Institute history and the first for men's basketball since Jimmy Bartolotta was selected as the 2009 Academic All-America of the Year.

Hollingsworth leads the Engineers in scoring at 17.2 points per game and is second in rebounds at 6.5 per contest. The senior big man was a preseason All-America selection and has been named the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Player of the Week on three occasions this season. After missing a large chunk of last season to injury, Hollingsworth has regained the form that earned him NEWMAC Athlete of the Year and second team All-America honors in 2010. He ranks among the top five in the NEWMAC in 10 different categories, including scoring (2nd), rebounds (3rd), blocks (2nd) and field goal percentage (3rd). An electrical engineering and computer science major, Hollingsworth carries a 4.5 GPA and will attend grad school at MIT next year.

Karraker is one of the top three-point shooters in the country, sitting second in all of Division III in 3PT field goals per game and ranking 15th in percentage. The senior recently surpassed 1,000 points for his career and owns the MIT records for three-pointers in a single game and career. Karraker has also been selected as the NEWMAC Player of the Week twice this year. Karraker sports a 4.8 grade point average in electrical engineering, computer science and physics.

With the selections of Hollingsworth and Karraker, MIT increases its Division III leading total of Academic All-America honorees. The Engineers are third all-time across all Divisions behind the University of Nebraska and Notre Dame. The men's basketball program has accounted for 10 of the 180 selections since 1980.