Monday, April 12, 2004
TUSCALOOSA – Antoine Pettway, the six-foot even senior point guard whose fire on the court drew national attention as a part of the University of Alabama basketball team’s success story, is leaving the University an even bigger hero, this time in the classroom. On Monday Pettway was named Academic All-Southeastern Conference.
The Alberta, Ala., native who helped lead Alabama to its first NCAA Elite 8 appearance will graduate in May with a degree in health care management. To make the honor roll, an athlete must be a sophomore or higher in academic standing and have a 3.0 or higher grade point average (on a 4.0 scale).
“Antoine continues to make us proud,” said Crimson Tide head basketball coach Mark Gottfried who was an Academic All-SEC player himself at Alabama in 1987 as a communications major. “He works hard at everything he does, whether it’s on the basketball floor or in the classroom.”
Pettway’s inclusion on the 2004 Academic All-SEC Honor Roll brings to 16 the number of league academic standouts Gottfried has produced at Alabama since his first season six years ago as head coach in 1998-99. And Alabama’s list of academic standouts since the league first started honoring classroom work includes some of the Crimson Tide’s biggest names in basketball, including Robert Horry who has won five NBA World Championships, three with the LA Lakers and two with the Houston Rockets. Horry was Academic All-SEC in 1992 as was former NBA player Eric Washington in 1996, 2002 SEC Player of the Year Erwin Dudley, and Alabama’s first 1st round NBA draft pick, All-American Leon Douglas who was named Academic All-SEC in 1974.