February 2, 2012

Ronald Nored Earns Academic All-District Honors

INDIANAPOLIS, IND. -- Butler senior co-captain Ronald Nored, who has excelled on the basketball court and in the classroom, has been named to the five-player Capital One Academic All-District V University Division Men’s Basketball Team, chosen by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).  With his selection, he is now eligible for the 2011-12 Capital One Academic All-America Team.

The Academic All-District V Team, released by CoSIDA, included Nored, Aaron Craft of Ohio State, Drew Crawford of Northwestern, Zack Novak of Michigan and Ben Averkamp of Loyola.  To be considered for Academic All-District recognition, student-athletes must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.30 or higher (on a 4.00 scale) and have completed one year at a member institution.

Nored, an honor student majoring in Early Childhood/Middle Childhood Education, currently leads the Bulldogs in assists (4.6) and steals (2.0), and he ranks third on the team in scoring (8.4).  Earlier this season, he became just the fifth player in Butler basketball history to record 400 career assists, and he ranks second on Butler’s all-time list for steals with 188.  He’s the lone Butler player to start all 23 games this season, and he’s played in 129 career games, including 111 as a starter.

The 6-0 point-guard from Homewood, Ala., is one of just two players (teammate Andrew Smith is the other) to see action in each of the past two NCAA Division I national championship games.  He’s helped Butler to 99 victories in his four seasons and back-to-back Final Four appearances.

Nored, who was named Horizon League Co-Defensive Player of the Year in 2009-10, was a preseason pick on the 2011-12 Lou Henson All-America Team, and he’s one of 10 finalists for the 2012 Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award.

The five honored athletes from District V, which represents Division I schools from Indiana, Illinois, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Ontario and Manitoba, will be considered with All-Academic picks from seven other districts for Academic All-America selection, which will be released later this month.