Mike D'Auria Earns ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America Honors

March 6, 2006

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Senior Mike D'Auria added more individual hardware to his growing list of accolades after leading MIT basketball to one of its best seasons ever. The reigning NEWMAC Player of the Year was recently named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America men's basketball team, securing the second Academic All-America honor for the Institute this year.

D'Auria closes his career as the Institute's third all-time leading scorer with 1,528 points. His total of 586 points this year fell three points short of matching the single-season points record set by Dave Jansson in 1968. The senior co-captain from Newton, Mass., also set the program's single-season record in 2006 with 71 steals in addition to the school mark for field goals made (257).

D'Auria caps his career among the program's leaders in a myriad of categories, including assists (345) and steals (154), where he ranks third on Tech's all-time charts. Last week, D'Auria became the first Engineer to earn Player of the Year honors from the NEWMAC in men's basketball and just the second player in the program's 105-year history to be named the top player in their league.

Landing a spot on the Third Team in the College Division, D'Auria's selection to the Academic All-America squad is the fifth national honor in the program's history and the first appointment since Craig Heffernan copped Third Team honors in 2001.
 

FIRST TEAM
Keelan Amelianovich, ILLINOIS WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY, Sr., 3.82, Accounting
Dusty Jura, NEBRASKA-KEARNEY, UNIVERSITY, Jr., 3.93, Sports Administration
Zach Wheatley, CHAPMAN UNIVERSITY, Sr., 3.97, Mathematics
Andrew St. Clair, COLBY-SAWYER COLLEGE, Sr., 3.68, Exercise and Sports Science
Matt Drahos, BETHANY COLLEGE (WV), Sr., 3.51, Biology

SECOND TEAM
Jason Greenlee, LA VERNE, UNIVERSITY, Sr., 3.89, Accounting
Troy Ruths, WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY, So., 4.0, Computer Science
Matt Causey, NORTH GEORGIA COLLEGE & STATE UNIVERSITY, Jr., 3.75, Biology
Andy Warnock, OHIO WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY, Sr., 3.93, Economics Management
Mike Drahos, BETHANY COLLEGE (WV),Sr., 3.65, Psychology

THIRD TEAM
Chris Braier, LAWRENCE UNIVERSITY, Sr., 3.56, Biology
Brandon Bushey, YORK COLLEGE (PA), Sr., 3.89, Criminal Justice
Alan Bock, MOUNT VERNON NAZARENE UNIVERSITY, Sr., 3.99, Biology (Pre-Medicine) Clayton Barlow-Wilcox, CARNEGIE MELLON, Sr., 3.65, Business Administration
Mike D'Auria, MIT, Sr., 3.49, Materials Science and Engineering