CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – MIT seniors Noel Hollingsworth (Salt Lake City, Utah) and Jamie Karraker (Morgantown, W. Va.) were named to the Capital One Academic All-District men's basketball first team, as announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) on Thursday. The selections of Hollingsworth and Karraker mark the first Academic all-district nods for the men's basketball program since Jimmy Bartolotta's 2009 Academic All-America of the Year campaign.
Hollingsworth, who recently surpassed the 1,000-career point mark, leads the Engineers in scoring at 18.4 points per game and is second in rebounds at 6.8 per contest. The senior big man was a preseason All-America selection and has been named the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Player of the Week on three occasions this season. After missing a large chunk of last season to injury, Hollingsworth has regained the form that earned him NEWMAC Athlete of the Year and second team All-America honors in 2010. He ranks among the top five in the NEWMAC in 10 different categories, including scoring (2nd), rebounds (3rd), blocks (2nd) and field goal percentage (1st). An electrical engineering and computer science major, Hollingsworth carries a 4.5 GPA and will attend grad school at MIT next year.
Karraker is one of the top three-point shooters in the country, leading all of Division III in 3PT field goals per game and ranking eighth in percentage. The senior is just eight points away from reaching 1,000 points for his career and owns the MIT records for three-pointers in a single game and career. Karraker has also been selected as the NEWMAC Player of the Week twice this year. Karraker sports a 4.8 grade point average in electrical engineering, computer science and physics.
Hollingsworth and Karraker, who were joined on the all-district team by fellow NEWMAC representative, Matt Carr of WPI, will be placed on the ballot for the Academic All-America team, which will be voted on and announced later this month. MIT is the all-time leader in Division III in Academic All-America selections with 178 and ranks third among all divisions behind the University of Nebraska and Notre Dame.