MARQUETTE, Mich. – Junior forward Matthew Craggs of the Northern Michigan University men's basketball team has been named NMU's Student-Athlete Scholar of the Month for February by the Athletic Council.
Craggs, a native of Kimberly Wis., is majoring in marketing and holds a 3.29 grade point average. He was nominated Dr. Olga J. Hocking, an Adjunct Instructor in the Mathematics and Computer Science Department.
"Matthew took my MA171 (Introduction to Probability and Statistics) class and impressed me from the start," Hocking said. "Not only in his academic performance in the class, but in his loyalty, interest and interaction throughout the semester.
"Matthew not only held the highest test average of all students in both sections that I taught, but he was always in class regardless of his challenging basketball schedule. Even at the end, when he was exempted from the final exam because his test average was so high, Matthew still attended classes just to "learn". This, in my opinion, is the sign of a person who is truly interested in learning for the sake of knowledge – not just getting good grades. Of course, his performance on the basketball court further exemplifies his dedication and commitment as well as abilities and leadership qualities.
"I truly admire our athletes who realize the importance of their academic achievements as well as their athletic ones. Matthew Craggs is definitely such an athlete and deserving of this award."
Craggs led the Wildcats in scoring in 2012-13, averaging 13.7 points per game and scoring in double figures 22 times. He started 24 of the 25 games he appeared in and played 30.2 minutes per game. Craggs also averaged 5.6 rebounds per game and shot 45.6 percent from the floor.
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