AUGUSTA, GA – Francis Marion University senior center Andrew Smith and junior guard Kristen Dickerson have both been named to their respective Peach Belt Conference Men's and Women’s Basketball All-Academic Teams for 2011-12.
The teams are part of a season-long program recognizing the outstanding accomplishments of PBC student-athletes in the classroom as well as on the field. To be eligible for the All-Academic team, a student-athlete must be either a starter or significant contributor, have achieved a 3.30 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale), and completed at least one full academic year at his current institution.
A native of South Milwaukee, Wis., Smith has compiled a 3.40 grade point average as a management information systems major.
On the court, Smith started 27 of 28 contests this season for the 16-12 Patriots. He averaged 6.7 points and 4.3 rebounds per game. The 6’10” post player led the Patriots with 35 blocked shots and ranked eighth in the Peach Belt Conference and 106th in Division II in blocked shots per game. He connected on 46.1 percent of his field goal attempts and shot 64.7 percent at the free throw line.
Off the court, he was named to last year’s PBC men’s basketball All-Academic Team, has previously served on FMU’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), and was selected to the Peach Belt Conference 2010-11 Presidential Honor Roll. He has been named to the FMU Swamp Fox Athletic-Academic Honor Roll twice during his time in Florence. Earlier this semester, he was named to the 2012 Capital One Academic All-District III Team for NCAA Division II.
A three-year starter at FMU, he owns career totals of 640 points, 368 rebounds, and 76 blocks. Smith transferred to Francis Marion after playing his freshman season at the University of Texas-Pan American.
Smith is a graduate of South Milwaukee High School, where he earned All-State and All-Southeast Conference honors.
Dickerson, a native of Columbia and a product of Heathwood Hall Episcopal School, has recorded a 3.38 GPA as a management major.
On the court, she appeared in 21 games, making seven starts, and averaged 6.1 points, 2.2 rebounds, and 2.0 assists per game. She connected on 40.3 percent of her field goal attempts and 70.0 percent of her free throws.
In the classroom, Dickerson has served on FMU’s SAAC for the past two years, been named to the PBC Presidential Honor Roll once, and been selected to the FMU Swamp Fox Athletic-Academic Honor Roll three times.