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Djoukeng earns Southland all-academic honors
Ex-Skipjack also leads Colonels to best men’s hoop season in five years

PLANO, Texas – Nicholls State University’s Cyril Djoukeng, who was an NJCAA Division II Academic All-American while at Chesapeake College, has been named to the 2006 Southland Conference Men’s Basketball All-Academic First Team.

Djoukeng, a native of Silver Spring, ranked second among the honorees with a 3.97 grade-point average while majoring in psychology. Djoukeng, who averaged 8.8 points and 2.9 assists per game, scored 23 points – his career high at Nicholls State - in a win over Texas State in the final game of his collegiate career. "He emulates what Nicholls basketball is all about," Colonels head coach J.P. Piper said of Djoukeng, the team captain and lone senior on the Nicholls State squad. "He has served as a tremendous leader to the younger players, and has set an example of what being a student athlete truly is."

The all-academic team honors student-athletes who were selected all-conference and/or named as a national all-academic recipient this year while also earning at least a 3.0 GPA. Remaining spots on the all-academic teams are then voted on by the head coaches, sports information directors and academic/compliance administrators.

Student-athletes must have completed one full academic year at the nominating institution and participated in at least 50 percent of the team’s competition. The Colonels went 9-18 overall and 5-11 in the Southland Conference, their most wins and league victories since the 2000-2001 season.

At Chesapeake, Djoukeng earned All-American honors for his play on the court and Academic All-American accolades for his perfect 4.0 quality-point average in the classroom.

The Skipjacks went 41-19 in Djoukeng’s two seasons, including a pair of state tournament semifinal berths. Djoukeng was a big part of that success, earning first-team all-state and all-region honors both his freshman and sophomore seasons.

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