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April 16th, 2010
Rybak, White named to all-academic team


Texas State basketball players John Rybak and Ryan White were named to the Capital One/Southland Conference All-Academic Team, the league announced on this week.

Rybak, a senior forward, was one of four players who were automatically selected to the first team after being named to the Academic All-District VI honors by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) earlier this year.

The other three automatic selections were Northwestern State’s Michael McConathy and Logan McConathy, along with Sam Houston State’s Preston Brown. The other first-team selection was Texas-San Antonio guard Devin Gibson, who was chosen the Men’s Basketball Student-Athlete of the Year.

White, a junior guard, was joined on the second team by Sam Houston State guard Lance Pevehouse, Sam Houston State forward Josten Crow, Lamar junior center Coy Custer, and Texas-Arlington forward Tommy Moffitt.

Rybak is one of seven repeat selections on the Southland Conference All-Academic Teams. The others include McConathy, a four-time selection, and Moffitt, a three-time selection. The two-time selections include Rybak, Gibson, Logan McConathy, Crow and Custer.

A native of Milwaukee, Rybak maintained a grade point average of 3.38 while earning his undergraduate degree in marketing in August 2009 at Texas State. He also earned a 3.50 GPA in his first semester while pursuing a master’s degree in business administration in 2009-10.

Rybak averaged 9.6 points and 4.3 rebounds in 31 games for the Bobcats this past season. He made 24 starts and ranked ninth in the Southland Conference  with 1.8 three-point field goals per game. He ended his career listed among Texas State’s top six career leaders with 121 treys. His 64 three-pointers as a junior is the school’s 10th-highest single season total. He is the only Texas State player to record a 30-point game in each of the last two seasons, netting 30 points at Texas Christian as a senior and a career-best 32 points at Rice in 2008-09.

White, a Houston native, was named to the second team after he maintained a 3.17 GPA as a finance major at Texas State. White played in 28 games and started 23 contests for the Bobcats in 2009-10 after recovering from some injuries suffered in a preseason car accident.

White ranked second among Texas State’s team leaders in scoring with a 10.6 average and was fourth among Southland Conference leaders in assists with an average of 3.8 per game. His 75.9 free throw percentage this season was the tenth best percentage in the league. He also had the league’s  fifth-best overall free throw percentage (80.3) and sixth-best three-point percentage (41.2) in Southland Conference games.

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