FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Arkansas senior center Josh Melton and junior guard Mark Bokermann have been named to the 2002 Verizon Academic District VI team as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America.
Melton, from Batesville, is on the first team for the second straight year and Bokermann, from St. Louis, is on the second team for the second straight year. District VI includes all schools in Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Mississippi, Texas and New Mexico.
Melton and Bokermann have each earned bachelor’s degrees from Arkansas. Melton graduated in May of 2001 with a degree in kinesiology and is currently working on a master’s in recreation. Bokermann graduated in December of 2001 with a degree in finance and is working on an MBA.
Melton, who is also a two-time SEC Academic Honor Roll selection, started 22 straight games over one stretch of his career. He’s played in eight games this year with a start against Troy State.
Bokermann has made the SEC Academic Honor Roll twice and UA’s Lon Farrell Honor Roll every semester he’s been at Arkansas. He missed three games earlier this year with a sprained right ankle, but has started four games and played in the other two as a reserve.
Melton and Bokermann have helped Arkansas (6-3) earn bowl eligibility for the fifth straight year. They’ve also helped the Razorbacks rank first in the Southeastern Conference and 11th in the nation in rushing offense with 241.7 yards per game.
Arkansas plays host to Louisiana-Lafayette Saturday at 1 p.m. in Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium.