KALAMAZOO -- The College Sports Information Directors of America announced today that Western Michigan junior David Kool has been named to the ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District IV Men's Basketball First Team. Kool is now eligible for the Academic All-America Team.

Kool becomes the sixth Bronco named to the first team, joining Jasper McElroy (1982), Ned Hellman (1988), Tony Warner (1989), Sean Wightman (1991, '93) and Joe Reitz (2006-08). With Kool's recognition, this is the fourth season in a row that Western Michigan has had a player on the team after Reitz was recognized each of the last three seasons.

Kool has a 3.38 grade point average and is majoring in physical education, in addition to averaging 16.6 points, 4.1 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.5 steals per game for the Broncos (7-14, 4-4 MAC). 

To be nominated, a student-athlete must be a starter or important reserve with at least a 3.30 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) at his/her current institution. Nominated athletes must have participated in at least 50 percent of the team’s games and no student-athlete is eligible until he/she has completed one full calendar year at his/her current institution and has reached sophomore athletic eligibility.

District 4 Winners
University Division
Andy WickeBELMONT UNIVERSITYIVSr.Hendersonville, Tenn.3.74Environmental Studies
Marc LarsonBOWLING GREEN STATE UNIVERSITYIVJr.Mattawan, Mich.3.96Engineering Technology
Frank DavisTENNESSEE TECH UNIVERSITYIVJr.Gainesville, Ga.3.42Exercise Science
David KoolWESTERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITYIVJr.Grand Rapids, Mich.3.38Physical Education
Joe JakubowskiBOWLING GREEN STATE UNIVERSITYIVSo.Rossford, Ohio3.53Business