FAYETTEVILLE – Former Razorback basketball player Jonathon Modica is one of 12 features from around the Southeastern Conference on the 2010 SEC Spring Academic Special, Stories of Success, premiering on ESPNU on Tuesday, June 16, at 5 p.m. central.
Modica, a four-year letterwinner for the Razorbacks between 2003-06, has taken the college experience to heart and has not only earned his bachelor’s degree but has earned a master’s and is currently pursuing a doctoral degree. The Smackover, Ark., native earned his bachelor’s in journalism in June of 2007 after epitomizing the role of student-athlete. He went on to get his master’s in journalism in the fall of 2008 and is nearing the end of his coursework for a doctoral degree in higher education. Over the past several years, Modica has served as a graduate assistant in the Multicultural Center and is involved in the Silas Hunt Scholarship Program as well as the graduate coordinator of the Safe Zone Allies program.
While a member of the Razorback men’s basketball team, Modica was a two-time All-SEC player and ranks 12th on Arkansas’ all-time scoring charts with 1,589 points. He averaged more than 11 points per game in three of his four seasons on the court, playing 118 career games and hitting 47.6 percent of his career shots. He led the Razorbacks in scoring during his freshman and sophomore seasons and still ranks second in school history for career points against SEC opponents with 855. Along with his two All-SEC honors, Modica was an All-Freshman selection in 2003, named the SEC Player of the week two times and was a United States Basketball Writer’s Association All-District VII selection in 2004.
The Stories of Success program profiles stories of student-athletes, coaches, teams, programs and individuals affiliated with each of the 12 members of the SEC. Following its initial airing on Wednesday, the show will also be broadcast on June 16 at 10 p.m. and Friday, June 18 at 1 p.m. central.