Congratulations to Riverwood alum Elijah Jenkins (Class of 2017), who joined an ultra-exclusive list when he was named a 2019-20 Academic All-American by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Jenkins, in his junior season with the Embry-Riddle men's basketball team, is just the second Eagle men's basketball player in program history to earn Academic All-America honors, joining Kyle Mas (2000-01).
Jenkins was named to the Google Cloud Academic All-America NCAA II Men's Basketball Third Team for his work both on the basketball court and in the classroom at Embry-Riddle. The Atlanta native, already a CoSIDA Academic All-District Team awardee, is the 84th Embry-Riddle student-athlete all-time to earn AAA accolades. He extends a streak of nine straight years an ERAU student-athlete has claimed the distinction.
Jenkins boasts a 3.96 GPA in Mechanical Engineering and is academically already a senior, while still in his junior season of athletic competition with the Eagles. Jenkins is one of just two NCAA II men's basketball student-athletes majoring in engineering, and has the third-highest GPA of the 16 honorees. He is the only men's basketball student-athlete from the Sunshine State Conference and the South Region to earn a spot on the AAA roster.
The Eagle guard had been a major part of the Blue and Gold's most successful NCAA II season to-date, averaging 13.4 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists, while making 3.2 three-pointers per game. For his career, Jenkins has amassed 791 points, 199 assists and 196 three-point field goals, the seventh-most in ERAU program history.
"We are incredibly proud of all of Elijah's accomplishments since his arrival at Embry-Riddle," Head Coach Steve Riddersaid. "He has been the ultimate representation of our philosophy of Student, Person and Player. Without question, this is truly one of the most prestigious honors one can earn as a collegiate student-athlete, recognizing the best of the best. It is extremely special for Elijah, his teammates, coaches and of course his parents, as well as his entire Embry-Riddle University Family!"
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