DURHAM, N.C. -- Led by senior Alex Smalley earning the ACC's Scholar Athlete of the Year for men's golf, Duke placed a conference-leading five on the All-ACC Academic Team that was announced Wednesday.
Smalley becomes the second Blue Devil to garner the ACC's top academic award for men's golf -- the Rod Myers Award -- named in 2015 for the former Duke head coach from 1973-2007. Brinson Paolini was named the Scholar Athlete of the Year in 2013.
Joining Smalley on the All-ACC Academic Team were junior Chandler Eaton, junior Steven DiLisio, sophomore Adrien Pendaries and sophomore Evan Katz.
A senior studying environmental science, Smalley led Duke with a regular-season record 70.35 stroke average, while posting eight top-10 and six top-5 finishes in 12 tournaments this year. He earned PING All-Region honors for the fourth straight year and graduated as the Blue Devils’ career scoring leader with a 71.32 career average in 49 tournaments. Smalley ranked No. 7 in the nation according to Golfstat and No. 20 according to Golfweek in the postseason rankings.
The ACC Scholar-Athlete of the Year awards were established in September 2007 to be awarded annually to the top junior or senior student-athlete in their respective sports.
Minimum academic requirements for selection to the All-ACC Academic Team are a 3.0 grade point average for the previous semester and a 3.0 cumulative average during one’s academic career for undergraduate students. Athletic achievements during the most recent season are also considered in selecting the All-ACC Academic Team.
Smalley is a four-time honoree on the team, while Eaton earned his third mention. Pendaries and Katz are on the team for the second time, while DiLsio is a first-time winner.
Rod Myers Scholar-Athlete of the Year
Alex Smalley, Duke
2018-19 All-ACC Academic Men’s Golf Team
Christian Cavaliere, Boston College, Jr., Marketing
Matthew Naumec, Boston College, Sr., Economics
Bryson Nimmer, Clemson, Sr., Management %
William Nottingham, Clemson, Jr., Management
Steven DiLisio, Duke, Jr., Economics
Chandler Eaton, Duke, Jr., Environmental Science #
Evan Katz, Duke, So., Sociology @
Adrien Pendaries, Duke, So., Sociology @
Alex Smalley, Duke, Sr., Environmental Science %
Greyson Porter, Florida State, Jr., Finance
Tyler Strafaci, Georgia Tech, Jr., Business Administration @
Stephen Franken, NC State, Sr., Business Administration %
Harrison Rhoades, NC State, Sr., Business Administration #
Miguel Delgado, Notre Dame, Sr., Finance @
Andrew O'Leary, Notre Dame, Fr., Undeclared
Ryan Burnett, North Carolina, Fr. , Business Administration
Joshua Martin, North Carolina, Sr. , Exercise and Sport Science - Sport Admin @
Devin Morley, Louisville, Jr., Sport Admin
John Murphy, Louisville, Jr., Marketing
Matthias Schmid, Louisville, So., Finance @
Simon Zach, Louisville, Sr., Marketing %
Jimmie Massie, Virginia, So., Undeclared
Andrew Orischak, Virginia, Jr., Religious Studies
Thomas Walsh, Virginia, Sr., Foreign Affairs %
Connor Burgess, Virginia Tech, So., Management
Connor Johnson Jr., Virginia Tech, Fr., Business
Kengo Aoshima, Wake Forest, So., Economics
Eric Bae, Wake Forest, Jr., Economics #
Lee Detmer, Wake Forest, Sr., Economics
Cameron Young, Wake Forest, Sr., Economics #
@ Two-time honoree
# Three-time honoree
% Four-time honoree