April 5, 2013

Groselle Named Senior CLASS First Team All-American

Overland Park, Kan. – Citadel center Mike Groselle, who ranks in the top 10 of seven statistical categories in program history, added to his list of career accolades on Thursday when he was named as a Senior CLASS first team All-American.

Groselle is joined on the first team by C.J. McCollum (Lehigh), Mike Muscala (Bucknell), Mason Plumlee (Duke) and 2012-13 Senior CLASS Award winner Jordan Hulls of Indiana.  The Bulldogs' go-to player in the post led the team in 13 statistical categories on the season including field goals (189), field goal percentage (57.4), rebounds (228), rebounds per game (7.6) and points (468).

An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School®, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.

On the court, the senior captain ranks first in career double-doubles (27), second in rebounds (738), second in field goal percentage (58.9) and seventh in points (1,359). In the classroom Groselle has been named to the Dean's List on five occasions, which he achieved by carrying a GPA of 3.2 of better for a semester. He has also earned five Gold Stars, given to a cadet that maintains a 3.7 GPA or better.

"Mike has been a great example of a cadet-student-athlete during his four years here at The Citadel," said head coach Chuck Driesell. "His contributions to the program will extend beyond what he has done this season and it is impressive to see Mike earn All-American honors alongside such an elite group of candidates all from fine institutions."

This marks the fifth postseason award for the Plano, Texas, native was tabbed as all-conference by the Southern Conference coaches, second team all-conference by members of the media, SoCon Academic All-Conference and CoSIDA Academic All-District.

Groselle closed out a senior season in which he hit better than 50 percent from the floor in 21 of 30 starts including a four-game stretch of SoCon games where he knocked down 61.5 percent from the floor. This allowed Groselle to become the first player in Citadel history to lead the team in field goal percentage by hitting 50 percent or better in three straight seasons.

Groselle posted seven 20-point games during the 2012-13 campaign, including a pair of season-high 24-point outings against Wofford (Jan. 31) and Furman (Feb. 28) to finish with 19 for his career. Another achievement for Groselle this season came in the form of five double-doubles, which placed him atop The Citadel's list for career double-doubles with 27. 

First-Team All-Americans
Mike Groselle, The Citadel
Jordan Hulls, Indiana
C.J. McCollum, Lehigh
Mike Muscala, Bucknell
Mason Plumlee, Duke

Second-Team All-Americans
Matthew Dellavedova, Saint Mary's
Jonathan Lee, Northeastern
Peyton Siva, Louisville
Andrew Smith, Butler
Marc Trasolini, Santa Clara

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