Haluska & Brunner Named to District all-Academic Team

Feb. 9, 2006

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Senior forward Greg Brunner and junior guard Adam Haluska have been selected to the CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine District VII academic all-America team. Both players will now be placed on the national ballot for academic all-America honors.

Haluska is a Finance and Marketing major with a 3.41 grade point average. He has been named to the District team for the second consecutive season. The Carroll, IA native has started all 24 games, scoring double figures in 21 games. He is averaging 15 points and 4.8 rebounds, shooting 42.6% from the field and 85.7% from the foul line. He has started all 88 games in his college career, a streak that ranks 10th in the nation for consecutive starts.

Haluska scored a career-high 29 points earlier this season in a win at Penn State and he was named co-Big Ten Player of the Week after helping the Hawkeyes to back-to-back wins over Indiana and Ohio State in late January.

Brunner, a Charles City native, is a Communications Studies major with a 3.25 GPA. He is a two-time academic all-Big Ten selection. Brunner, in Iowa’s most recent outing, raised his career rebounding total to 920, becoming Iowa’s all-time leader. He also ranks 12th in career scoring (1,369) and sixth in blocked shots (94).

Brunner leads the Big Ten Conference in rebounding (10.2) and is averaging 13.9 points per game, shooting 43.6% from the field and 70.7% from the free throw line. Brunner has recorded 10 scoring and rebounding double-doubles this season and has 30 in his career, most among active Big Ten players. Brunner set a Carver-Hawkeye Arena record earlier this season with 23 rebounds in a win over Minnesota.

“This is a tribute to Greg and Adam for their commitment to academics,” said Iowa Coach Steve Alford. “They are outstanding students who have committed themselves to being successful in the classroom, and it’s a positive reflection on our program.”

Iowa joins Stanford and Nebraska as the only Division I programs with more than one player selected to the academic all-District teams.