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Morehead State's Proffitt earns prestigious OVC Scholar-Athlete Award

MOREHEAD, Ky. – Ty Proffitt, a senior on the Morehead State basketball team, is one of six Ohio Valley Conference Scholar-Athlete Award winners for the 2010-11 school year.

Proffitt, a native of London, Ky., becomes the 21st individual in school history to earn the accolade and the first since 2006-07 when Steven Thieme (cross country/track & field) and Lindy Nettleton (rifle) were picked.

“Ty is a fantastic ambassador for our university and certainly deserving of this prestigious award,” Head Coach Donnie Tyndall said. “Ty is committed to academics, athletics, leadership and community service. We truly appreciate everything he’s done during his time at Morehead State.”

Proffitt is one of just three seniors and five returnees on the 2011-12 MSU men’s basketball roster. The 6-foot-4 guard averaged 7.9 points and shot 86 percent from the free-throw line a year ago.

Proffitt helped the 2010-11 Eagles finish 25-10 overall, 14-1 at home and 13-5 in conference play. MSU also won the OVC Tournament and upset Louisville in the NCAA Tournament.

Proffitt was a CoSIDA Academic All-District first-team selection last season, has been named to the OVC Commissioner’s Honor Roll three times and has been an OVC Medal of Honor recipient once.

In the classroom, the finance major owns a 3.83 grade point average. He has been named to the Dean’s List each semester at Morehead State, has twice been a NABC Honor Court award winner and is a member of the Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society.

Proffitt is involved with the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and has volunteered with numerous organizations including Relay for Life, speaking at elementary schools and giving leadership speeches at basketball camps.

Handed out each fall, the OVC Scholar-Athlete Award is the highest individual honor that can be earned by student-athletes. It is given annually to three men and three women of junior or senior status who have accomplishments in the areas of academics, athletics and leadership.

The winners are selected by the league’s Faculty Athletics Representatives. To be eligible, honorees must have at least a 3.25 GPA and conduct themselves in a manner which brings credit to the student-athlete, his or her institution, the conference and intercollegiate athletics.

Proffitt and the Eagles travel to Atlantic Coast Conference foe North Carolina State for their regular-season opener on Sunday at 6 p.m. ET.

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