(Kansas City, Mo.) Loyola University New Orleans men’s basketball players Cameron Hill and Manuel “Roco” Gandara have been named 2013-14 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes as announced by the National Association of the Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) on Monday.
Cameron Hill played in all 27 games for the Wolf Pack this year and made eight starts. The senior averaged six points and 4.2 rebounds per game. Hill shot 48.4% from the field. The Chicago, Illinois native had a season best game against Bethel on February 22nd as he scored 18 points on 8 for 10 shooting and grabbed eight rebounds. Last season, the public relations major was named to the SSAC All-Academic Team and the NABC Honor’s Court. Hill was also honored as the NAIA Champions of Character representative for Loyola.
This is the second straight appearance on the Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete list for Manuel “Roco” Gandara. The Tintillo Guaynabo, Puerto Rico native averaged 4.5 points and was second on the team with 4.4 rebounds per game as he played in 23 games and made 10 starts. The senior forward had a team high field goal percentage of 49.3% this year. He departs Loyola sitting in a tie for seventh place in career blocks with 58. His 20 this season rank as the 16th best single season blocks for anybody in Loyola history. The international business and finance major recorded a career best 13 rebounds against Martin Methodist on February 8th. The finance minor earned SSAC All-Academic team honors after his sophomore and junior campaigns and was named to the NABC Honor’s Court last season.
This is the eighth straight season Loyola has had a basketball student athlete named to the NAIA-Daktronics Scholar-Athlete list. Hill and Gandara were two of 75 student-athletes in the NAIA who were honored for the 2013-14 campaign.
In order to be nominated, a student-athlete must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and must have achieved a junior academic status.