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Candella, Pfeiffer named Academic All-OAC

Duo honored for overall excellence

March 6, 2012

Brandon Candella (at left) and Tim Pfeiffer have been named to the Academic All-Ohio Athletic Conference Team.

Brandon Candella (at left) and Tim Pfeiffer have been named to the Academic All-Ohio Athletic Conference Team.

ACADEMIC ALL-OAC TEAM

AUSTINTOWN — Wilmington College juniors Brandon Candella and Tim Pfeiffer have been named to the Academic All-Ohio Athletic Conference Men’s Basketball Team, the league office announced today.

Candella was an Academic All-OAC selection while Pfeiffer was an honorable mention selection.

To qualify, a student-athlete must have maintained a 3.25 grade point average, be a sophomore academically and is in at least his second year of participation. He must also have been a starter or key reserve who has made a significant athletic impact. The conference’s faculty athletic representatives vote upon the recipients.

“Brandon and Tim are the quintessential student-athletes,” Wilmington head coach K.C. Hunt said. “They are the hardest workers on our team, both on and off the floor. There is a huge carry-over for guys who care about the classroom and what they do on the floor.”

Candella (West Chester/Lakota West) maintains a 3.72 GPA as a business management major. On the floor this season, he averaged 10.8 points and 5.1 rebounds per game.

“The last 15 games of the season, I think Brandon was one of the better 2-guards, 3-men in the league. I wish he would have been recognized as an all-league player, but this award is probably a better recognition of who he is as a person of character,” Hunt said.

Pfeiffer (Clinton/Akron Manchester) carries a 3.80 GPA as an accounting/marketing major. As a players, he established career highs in virtually every statistical category this season.

“Tim is our glue guy,” Hunt said. “He ultimately does all the right things over time. You know each and every day you can count on Tim to do the right things, on and off the floor. Those are what make really good programs work.”