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Willamette University men's basketball player Corey Costantino, a junior wing and Ashland High alum, has been named First Team ESPN The Magazine College Division Academic All-District VIII, as selected by members of the College Sports Information Directors of America.




A total of 13 student-athletes received Academic All-District VIII honors, with five players on the First Team and eight on the Second Team. Costantino and the other four players named to the First Team are eligible for the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America Team, which will be announced Feb. 27.




Costantino, who is majoring in Chemistry (Biochemistry track), has achieved a 3.88 cumulative grade point average at Willamette. He has played in all 19 games for the Bearcats this season, including seven starts.




This year, he has averaged 23.3 minutes played and has scored 8.9 points per game, while providing 2.9 rebounds and 1.9 assists per contest. He is ranked second in the Northwest Conference in 3-point shooting percentage (19 of 38), and trails only WU teammate Mike Smith, a Phoenix High alum.




During the season, Costantino has connected on 71 percent of his free throws (34 of 48). He has scored in double figures nine times, including five times in Willamette's last seven games.




The Bearcats are 8-11 overall, including 6-4 in the Northwest Conference. Willamette has won four of its last five games and is tied for third place in the NWC standings. The top three teams in the final regular season standings will qualify for the NWC Tournament.




CoSIDA District VIII includes college and universities in the western United States. Players nominated for the CoSIDA Academic All-District Team were starters or key reserves with cumulative grade point averages of 3.2 or higher (4.0 scale). Each player was at his current college or university for at least one academic year.




The College Division includes players in NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III and the NAIA. The Bearcats compete in NCAA Division III and the Northwest Conference.