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Djoukeng Named Distinguished All American
Thursday, July 29, 2004
Chesapeake College guard Cyril Djoukeng has pulled off the All-American equivalent of the Triple Crown.
Already a member of this year’s NJCAA Division II All-American men’s basketball team, Djoukeng earned spots on both of the NJCAA’s Academic All-American squads Tuesday. He was named a men’s basketball Academic All-American and claimed the NJCAA’s top academic distinction by being selected a Distinguished All-American.
"Those are great honors," said Djoukeng, who has accepted a full basketball scholarship from Division I Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, La. "It’s a fantastic way to cap off my Chesapeake College career."
Djoukeng, who plans to major in pre-law, easily qualified for the Academic All-American men’s basketball team, which requires a 3.8 grade-point average. The Distinguished All-American squad is reserved for student athletes like Djoukeng with perfect 4.0 quality-point averages.
"He definitely deserved it," said John Mappas, who coached Djoukeng the last two seasons before retiring as Chesapeake’s head men’s basketball coach this spring. "He works so hard academically. Cyril never missed a class and always put academics first. He’s very deserving and these are obviously very prestigious honors."
"These honors say a lot about Cyril’s priorities as a student athlete," said Chesapeake College Athletic Director Frank Szymanski. "As good a player as Cyril is and he was an All-American this year he is an even better student and person."
Djoukeng was the catalyst for the best two-year run in Chesapeake College men’s basketball history. The 5-foot-10 point guard, who served as team captain this past season, led the Skipjacks to a 41-19 record, two appearances in the state tournament semifinals, and a region semifinal berth.
Djoukeng was just as accomplished off the court. He won the college’s top academic honor at commencement, the John T. Harrison Award, this spring and was the student speaker at commencement.
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