MSU Basketball Pair Earns Valley Academic Distinction
March 6, 2012
ST. LOUIS -- Missouri State men's basketball players Isaiah Rhine (Sr., C, Versailles, Mo.) and Nathan Scheer (So., F, Washington, Mo.) have been named to the Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athlete Team, the league announced this week.
Both MSU players earned a spot on the second team.
Rhine has a 3.75 grade point average working on his graduate degree in Speech and Language Pathology. He played in 105 games as a Bear, scored 189 points and grabbed 153 rebounds. He made 7 career starts, including a pair this season. His senior season, he was a 52.4 percent shooter, made 10-of-13 free throws and scored a career-best 55 points in 27 appearances.
Scheer holds a 3.76 GPA in Construction Management and was a 2011 MVC All-Freshman Team selection. As a sophomore, he played in all 32 games, starting 14 times, and contributed 80 points, 46 rebounds, 18 three-pointers and 12 steals. He was a 75-percent free throw shooter in 2011-12 and finished seventh on the club in minutes played with 525.
The MVC Scholar-Athlete team was highlighted by Evansville's Colt Ryan who was named MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Year and earned All-MVC first team honors. He was joined on the first team by Jon Ekey (Illinois State), Walt Lemon, Jr. (Bradley), Jordan Printy (Indiana State), Chip Rank (Northern Iowa) and Charonn Woods (Bradley). Scheer and Rhine were joined on the second team by Jordan Clarke (Drake), Jake Eastman (Bradley) and Lucas Eitel (Indiana State).
To qualify for consideration for the MVC Scholar-Athlete Team, players must have a minimum 3.20 grade-point average and be a starter or key reserve. The team is voted on each year by the league's 10 sports information directors.
The Bears recently completed a 16-16 campaign in Coach Paul Lusk's first season. After being picked sixth in the MVC preseason poll, MSU finished in a five-way tie for third place in the conference standings with a 9-9 record.