NEW YORK -
University of Notre Dame forward Tim Abromaitis, a two-time Academic All-America selection, has been chosen as the 2011-12 American Eagle Outfitters BIG EAST Men's Basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year. The selection was made by the Conference's Academic Affairs Committee.
A graduate student from Unionville, Conn., Abromaitis will receive a $2,000 scholarship, which may be applied to graduate or professional studies. He is the first three-time winner of the award and the third player to earn the honor more than once. Arturas Karnishovas of Seton Hall won in 1993 and 1994, while Emeka Okafor of Connecticut won in 2003 and 2004.
Abromaitis was limited to just two games in the 2011-12 season, averaging a team-high 14.0 points before he suffered a season-ending knee injury. He was the second-leading scorer on a 2010-11 Irish squad that finished second in the BIG EAST standings and was ranked as high as No. 4 nationally. He averaged 15.4 points per game last season, helping the Irish to a 27-7 record.
Abromaitis, a team captain in 2010-11 and 2011-12, is one of just 19 players in school history to serve as captain for more than one season. He has scored 1,137 points and has 398 rebounds in his career.
Abromaitis earned his undergraduate degree from Notre Dame in May 2010 after completing a rigorous four-year business program in just three years. He then completed Notre Dame's accelerated MBA program, which allows candidates with undergraduate business degrees the opportunity to complete in 11 months a program that traditionally takes two years. Abromaitis was one of the youngest students to enroll in that program and was one of just a handful of students to join the program immediately after his undergraduate studies. A member of Notre Dame's Rosenthal Leadership Academy, Abromaitis' community service efforts includes participation in a Buddy Walk to raise awareness of diabetes and serving on the planning committee for the Irish women's basketball breast cancer awareness game.
The American Eagle Outfitters BIG EAST Basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year award is one of a number of scholarships presented by the BIG EAST Conference and American Eagle Outfitters during the 2011-12 academic year. In addition, 32 student-athletes (one male and one female from each of the BIG EAST's 16 member institutions) will receive postgraduate scholarships as the winners of their respective institutions' Scholar-Athlete Award. The conference also names a BIG EAST Football Scholar-Athlete of the Year. The winners of the institutional, basketball and football awards are then eligible for the BIG EAST Scholar-Athlete of the Year award, which provides an additional postgraduate scholarship to one male and one female student-athlete.