Howard, Marlin, Wayer, and Jurkin named Academic All-Big Ten

Indiana basketball players Jeff Howard, Taylor Wayer, Jonny Marlin and Peter Jurkin were all named Academic All-Big Ten giving the Hoosiers 27 representatives on the team since 2010. the release from IU follows.


The Big Ten Conference on Wednesday recognized four members of the Indiana University men’s basketball team on its 2013-14 Academic All-Conference team. Senior Jeff Howard, senior Taylor Wayer, sophomore Jonny Marlin and sophomore Peter Jurkin were honored.  Since 2010, IU has been represented 27 times, which is tied with Northwestern for the most in the league during that span.

The list of honored student-athletes features 34 men’s basketball players from the 12 member school’s.  To be eligible for Academic All-Big Ten selection, student-athletes must be letterwinners who are in at least their second academic year at their institution and carry a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or higher.

“I don’t think there is any question that you have to be a true student athlete at Indiana University,” said IU Coach Tom Crean. “Marni Mooney deserves the bulk of the credit for keeping our guys on task daily.  When you measure our APR, record of graduating players and the academic awards and honors our players have received recently, we believe we are as strong in this area as anyone in the country.”

Other Hoosiers who have earned this distinction at least once in the last five years include Cody Zeller, Victor Oladipo, Jordan Hulls, Derek Elston, Matt Roth, Daniel Moore, Kory Barnett, Tom Pritchard, Brett Finkelmeier, and Tijan Jobe.

During Crean’s tenure, 21 players will have completed their degree requirements by this summer, and five have gone on to leave with master’s degrees.  Last summer, the NCAA recognized the IU men’s basketball program with an APR Public Recognition Award, which is given to high-performing teams that posted multiyear APRs in the top 10 percent of all squads in their particular sports. The Academic Progress Rate is a real-time measure of eligibility and retention of student-athletes competing on every Division I sports team.  IU had a perfect score of 1,000.


  1. Congratulations to the kids, Ms Mooney, Coach Crean and the entire program! This is important and a tremendous improvement to the Sampson regime!

  2. CONGRATULATIONS to these 4 young men who epitomize the term ‘student athlete’ as well as to those who previously earned this honor. Say what you will about CTC’s coaching, but he has clearly placed a heavy emphasis on academics unlike his predecessor. I can’t fathom any Division 1 school even remotely thinking about hiring Kelvin Sampson.

  3. Other Hoosiers who have earned this distinction at least once in the last five years include Cody Zeller, Victor Oladipo, Jordan Hulls, Derek Elston, Matt Roth, Daniel Moore, Kory Barnett, Tom Pritchard, Brett Finkelmeier, and Tijan Jobe.

    Howard, Marlin, Wayer, Jurkin..It’s almost predictable, isn’t it?

    Products of better school systems or young men that get less PT. When you have the necessary tools of a solid private or public high school learning environment or you pretty well know basketball isn’t going to be in your future, you take the classroom more seriously.

    We can defecate on Sampson’s attempts to open a new world to many that did not have that foundation. I can imagine that it’s very humiliating to get lost in classes that you just never had any basis, preparedness, to succeed in the first place. A credit to those that also took the A-Hope kids under the wing before they ever came to Bloomington. There was an example…There was a foundation and likely encouragement.

    But to crap on kids that failed when we have no idea how it feels to be denied the essentials of learning from grade school forward? There’s probably a point where it’s easier to just not try than to feel you’re just stupid. The relearn so much education and guidance lost for so many years is not something most of us commenting on this blog can probably relate. You think it’s a monumental challenge to place a basketball project like Perea onto a steep slope of accelerated improvement to play D-1 basketball? He has tools…Chop off his arms and you have the educational basic tools many a Sampson recruit for the classroom.

    Maybe it’s better to know they’re all likely to give up or fail…Probably better just to let them rot where and go back where they came from. Cast them back to the pristine cities and safe streets their privilege. Cast them back to their families that had the best schools in the land to take their kids. Cast them back to killing zones and drug lords that need their services. They certainly aren’t worth our time to try to sneak them through a perfect system exemplified by heroes like D-Rose who found a smart guy like BeatPurdue to take his SAT….

  4. Nine hours of sleep and the pen is ready to explode! Where’s Husky Tom? I’m ready for some island sparring with the great white beluga of Basketblog….

  5. Yeah, Harv. I sure pity those current Hoosiers from such disadvantaged educational wastelands that couldn’t make this list because of their poor public school systems. It’s a wonder they so much as passed the SATs after attending such inner city slums and cornfield meth halls as New Hampton Prep, Findlay Prep, Oak Hill Academy, La Lumiere, Indianapolis Cathedral, and Park Tudor. If only they’d attended some kind of prestigious private school, maybe they could have made something of their scholastic opportunities…

  6. Exactly…No Sampson recruit vilified by Crean ever attended New Hampton Prep, Findlay Prep, Oak Hill Academy, La Lumiere, Indianapolis Cathedral, and Park Tudor.

  7. Jordan Crawford. Hargrave Military Academy. 0.0 GPA In his second semester at IU. Methinks that might have contributed to the vilification. Does he count?

  8. It may be worse than ‘one and done’ for college athletics.

    Not sure if any Scoop readers have read/seen/heard this A-bomb of news for college athletics. The NLRB issued a decision today in favor of Northwestern QB Ken Colter stating football players (by extension it will affect all scholarship athletes in every sport) are ’employees’ of the University and as such entitled to benefits like any other ’employee’ including professors, administrators, service and janitorial…etc.

    The NLRB also ruled scholarship athletes across the country ought to be allowed to ‘unionize’ if a majority of those on scholarship (which is now treated as ‘wages’ according to the NLRB) elect to form and join a union.

    This was the conclusion of the NLRB after deliberating on the Colter’s complaint against Northwestern University that he had been exploited as a scholarship athlete and denied rights to long-term insurance, an opportunity to have his college education beyond four years paid for as well as denied an opportunity to enter medical school by the demands of playing football.

    A stunned Northwestern University spokesperson said the suburban Chicago B1G university would appeal the decision.

    It is, however, not all good news for college athletes. Since wages, benefits, etc are taxable the cost of ‘athletic scholarships’ may be steep. An analyst in Chicago estimated that a one-year value of a present Northwestern scholarship may be $60,000. Thus, an NU student athlete given ‘paid’ those wages n scholarship in exchange for his talents, will have to pay about $15,000 in taxes for each year he/she is in college.

    Reacting to the news, a Chicago sportswriter said, ‘…this is the end of college athletics as we know it.’ The NLRB would have a similar impact on all sports, whether basketball, field hockey or gymnastics.

    There are, no doubt, some sick folks at the NCAA tonight. If these news stand, what happens to the NCAA’s tax exempt status?

  9. Tsao, indeed, college athletics is never going to be the same.

    The positive: I’m happy to see that the veneer is removed from the absolute joke that college athletes are amateurs playing for the love of the game. Colleges have been getting free labor to fill their stadiums and arenas and pocket all of it. Poor kids from inner cities coming to college campuses can barely get by, know they are worth more than what they are getting, the black market temps a few and off we go. The fact that this facade is gone is a good thing. The student athletes looking to collectivize have a legitimate grievance and it is great that they can legally organize and are protected to interact with their employers.

    The negative: this ruling right now only affects private universities. The United Autoworkers gave these Northwestern students the blueprint for arguing the case against a private employer. However, next up are the public schools who will have to look to the public employee unions, most likely, the SEIU for guidance on using this precedent to collectives against their public employers.

    The SEIU might be one of the single most corrupt organizations in the US today. If this is the organization that is going to find themselves running point for our public school student athletes, we are in deep, deep crap. They latch onto the host organism and will suck it for every penny it can at the expense of those they are supposed to be representing.

    Indeed, Tsao, we should probably send some cases of Pepto to the NCAA HQ tonight. While they brought it on themselves to some extent, I don’t think even they deserve what is coming at them.

  10. DD- Completely agree. And, if prospective student-athletes families have to come up with the u$s 15,000 in taxes on the income value of the scholarships, which communities will it impact the most?

    And, can you imagine the IRS checking into the under-the-table stuff? In many ways there is much ironic justice in this…You’re right, (note to self- buy Pepto-Bismol and anti-diarrhea stock in the morning).

    Plus, it is mind-numbing to think of the SEIU getting their mitts on the flow of money from intercollegiate athletics. Though it would be worth the price of admission to see the SEIU vs NCAA ‘featured game’ (or on ESPN). Either of them…,”[They] latch onto the host organism and will suck it for every penny it can at the expense…” (great sentence, great visuals).

    The price of a congressman or a lobbyist just went up.

  11. In addition, the student/athlete is now an employee of the school. That means they can be fired from that job at any time for poor performance. That can either be in the classroom or the field of play. Also, what do you do with the non-revenue sport athlete? Are they included and to what extent? While I applaud what these kids are attempting to do, I think the unintended consequences will turn many student/athletes away. Also, at what point do the universities and colleges just say, “Fine. We aren’t offering anymore athletic scholarships.” You get enough schools to do it, then both the NCAA and the student/athletes will have big issues to deal with.

  12. Collegiate athletics will prevail well into the long term future if the NCAA and their member institutions are allowed to be the parasite of amateur athletic programs. Let a union(s) sink greedy teeth in and that landscape of revenue, profit, industry, entertainment and opportunity will be squandered in short order to the last breath.

  13. HC, I disagree. The NCAA will be fine, it will be the student/athlete that will get hurt. The NCAA and member institutions already deal with unions on a daily basis. What will happen is that the member institutions will just stop offering scholarships and the college sports will become a pay to play endeavor. The only ones that will come out smelling like a rose is the union leadership with increased membership and union dues. Oh, and where is that money going to come from? Mommy and daddy going to pony up union dues so little Johnny can play football at good old IU? I don’t think too many will go for that.

  14. I am not sure there is any disagreement. I’ve reread my post twice and it precisely charges the union(s) as the villain, just you did.

  15. The NLRB’s announcement will not change anything in college sports in the immediate future. There’s too much precedent associated with athletic scholarships, and that a scholarship is not considered taxable income, for this to hold up. And if by chance the popular politics of the matter don’t kill it, then you’d have to apply the same standard to students receiving academic scholarships, music scholarships, art scholarships, etc, etc. Higher education would be thrown into chaos and millions of young adults (and their families) harmed. It ain’t going to happen, but it is an interesting example of “be careful what you wish for, because you might get it.”

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