FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Arkansas senior forward Billy Pharis has been named to the 2004 Academic All-District VI team as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America.
District VI includes all schools in Arkansas, Oklahoma, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas and New Mexico.
Pharis, who earlier this year was named to the Southeastern Conference’s Good Works Team for his community service efforts, has a 3.86 grade point average in political science.
“From day one, we’ve wanted to stress the importance of academics,” head coach Stan Heath says. “To have Billy be our first one is a real honor for him. We’re hopeful many others will follow. This is a very positive reflection on our team. Last year’s senior class, with Carl Baker finishing now, will be five-for-five on graduating. This year, Billy, Charles Tatum and Jamar Blackmon will all finish on time. Hopefully the success of basketball and academics will parallel each other on a high level.”
Pharis has started 18 of 23 games and is averaging 6.5 points and 3.3 rebounds a game while shooting 40.4 percent from the field (57-141) and 39.1 percent from three-point (25-64). He has led the team in scoring twice this year and been in double figures eight times, and he’s led the team in rebounding four times and in assists three times.
He’s had highs of 21 points and 11 rebounds against LSU, five assists against Louisiana Tech, three blocked shots against North Texas, and two steals against Illinois and Georgia. His 21 points against LSU and 18 at Mississippi State led the team while his 11 boards against LSU, nine against Southeast Missouri, eight at Tennessee and six against North Texas topped the club.
The other members of the team are Josh Atkinson of Oral Roberts, Eric Castro of SMU, Troy DeVries of New Mexico and Jason Parker of Tulsa.