ST. LOUIS - After being named to the District Two College Division CoSIDA Academic All-District® Team, Lyon College's Joe Burt has been honored as a Second Team Academic All-America® honoree in CoSIDA's Academic All-America® Program which seeks to award athletes for achieving excellence both on the playing surface and in the classroom. Burt was one of two AMC men's basketball players to earn Academic All-District® honors - along with Columbia College's Nathan Biggs - but he was the only AMC athlete included on the Academic All-America® teams.
Courtesy Lyon College Sports Information Office
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Senior guard Joe Burt became only the fourth Lyon College student-athlete, and first men's basketball player in the history of the program, to be named to the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) College Division All-America Team. Burt was named to the elite award's second squad for 2016-17 after posting a cumulative 4.00 grade point average, the national organization announced.
Burt, a Business Finance major from Saint Cloud, Minn., was one of seven members of the All-America Second Team and one of only 12 NAIA players nation-wide to be honored. He was one of only four honorees who had a 4.00 GPA.
Other CoSIDA Academic All-America Second-Team members included: Jacob Bamke of Viterbo (Sr., 3.88/Marketing); Toby Baxter of Friends (Sr., 3.73/Health & Physical Education); Tyler Crater of Olivet Nazarene (Sr., 3.94/Marketing); Jack Hackman (Sr., 3.99/Accounting); Lane Mahurin of Indiana Wesleyan (Sr., 3.48/Finance); and Quinn Niego of Saint Xavier (Jr., 3.76/Business Administration).
CoSIDA Academic All-America First-Team members included: Jeremy Deemer of Graceland (Jr., 4.00/Business/Economics); Chandler Folkerts of Concordia (Neb.) (Sr., 4.00/Mathematics/Physics); Kevin Rich of Davenport (Sr., 3.96/Finance); Kyle Steigenga of Cornerstone (Jr., 3.96/Education & Kinesiology); and Stefan Zecevic of Keiser (Sr., 4.00/Finance).
The 6-3, 190-lb. Burt is completing his second season at Lyon after transferring from Olney Central Community College in Illinois. This season Burt is third on the Scots in scoring, averaging 8.4 points a game. He has connected on 44.3% (66-of-149) of his field goals, 33.3% (9-of-27) from behind the three-point arc and 75.2% (112-of-149) from the free throw line. He is averaging 4.9 rebounds a game, tallying 147 on the year, while scoring 253 points. He has 24 steals and 45 assists in the 2016-17 season. He has totaled at least five rebounds in 18 of 30 games.
Burt has led Lyon to a 16-14 record this season, including an 11-11 mark in the American Midwest Conference. The Scots finished with the seventh seed in the eight-team AMC Men's Basketball Postseason Tournament.
He has made the Athletic Director's Honor Roll in three semesters since arriving at Lyon, while being named Academic All-American Midwest Conference last season and will earn the honor again this year. He was also an All-American Midwest Conference Honorable Mention in 2015-16.
In his career at Lyon, Burt is averaging 10.9 points and 6.4 rebounds per contest, connecting on 42.5% of his field goals, 34.5% of his three-pointers and 73.5% of his free throws. He also dishes out 2.2 assists per game.
Past Scots named to the team include Stephanie Haft (1st team) and Yumiko Hiroto (2nd team) from the softball program and Jordan Braswell (2nd team) from the Scot baseball program. All three were named in 2016.