(PITTSBURGH, Pa.) – Two Carnegie Mellon University men's basketball players, senior Seth Cordts (Amherst, N.H./Souhegan) and sophomore Jack Serbin (New Albany, Ohio), were named to the 2015 Capital One Academic All-District Men's Basketball First Team, as announced Thursday, February 5 by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). To be nominated for the award, a student-athlete must be a starter or significant reserve and maintain a GPA of 3.3 or better.
Carnegie Mellon is part of District 4 which is comprised of all Division III schools in the state of Pennsylvania. Cordts and Serbin, who make up 40% of the five-member district team, will now move on to the national ballot for Capital One Academic All-America recognition.
Cordts, a mechanical and biomedical engineering student, carries a 3.89 GPA. Cordts currently ranks second on the team and fourth in the University Athletic Association (UAA) in scoring with 16.5 points per game. The senior leads the Tartan in foul shooting, as he converts 73.7% from the line. Cordts has scored in double figures in 14 of 18 games this season including pouring in a career-best 34 on two occasions; the first coming at Pitt-Johnstown to open the season and the second in a setback to nationally ranked New York University
Cordts has been named an Andrew Carnegie Society Scholar, given to 40 seniors from Carnegie Mellon based on Academic Merit, Leadership, and Service, is a member of Pi Tau Sigma National Mechanical Engineering Honor Society, as well being named a National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Honors Court Academic Award honoree.
Serbin currently ranks first on the team and UAA, while ranking seventh nationally averaging 2.8 blocked shots per contest. Earlier this season, he tabbed a career-best seven blocks in a win over Penn State Beaver and has recorded a block in all but two contests. Serbin also leads the team in scoring and rebounding, as he is pouring in 17.1 points per game and hauling down 9.9 rebounds a game, ranking third and second in the UAA in each category. The sophomore has record the most double-doubles for the season in the UAA with 10, which ranks 11th nationally. He has scored in double figures in 17 games this season and recorded 20 or more in five.
In the classroom, Serbin carries a 3.86 GPA and is an economics major. He has made Dean's List with high honors every semester.
The Tartans return to action on Friday, February 6 when they entertain 12th-ranked Washington University at 8:00 p.m.