Hepp named to Verizon All-District VIII academic team

Ryan Hepp, a senior point guard at Willamette University, was one of five small college basketball players named to the Verizon Academic All-America All-District VIII team on Tuesday.

Hepp, who is from Hillsboro, was named to the team along with Bryan Depew and Chase Williams of Whitworth, Florian Houguet of Oregon Tech and Finn Rebassoo of Occidental. Those five student-athletes will now be forwarded to the national ballot.

Hepp is averaging 15.0 points and 4.2 assists per game for the Bearcats (16-6 overall, 10-4 NWC), who are tied for second place in the Northwest Conference with Lewis & Clark. He is shooting 50.6 percent from the field and 81.3 percent from the free throw line.

He was named the NWC Player of the Week on Jan. 12 after scoring 48 points in two games.

Hepp was a first-team all-NWC selection last year and has been named to the Dean’s List all seven semesters. He has a 3.63 GPA in Spanish.

Last year, Hepp was named one of 10 national finalists for the Jostens Trophy, an award that goes to one male and one female basketball player in Division III that best combines academic and athletic achievement, along with community service. He has also been nominated for the 2003 award.


Willamette University’s Verizon Academic All-America National & District VIII honorees since the fall of 1998:

2002-03
VERIZON ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICA ALL-DISTRICT VIII TEAM
Anne Merten, Jr., soccer
Ryan Hepp, Sr., basketball

2001-02
VERIZON ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICA ALL-DISTRICT VIII TEAM
Matt Benjamin, Sr., football
Ben Hudson, Sr., football
Colin Campbell, Jr., football
Justin Peterson, Jr., football
Anne Merten, So., soccer
Michael Semenza, Jr., soccer
Matt Benjamin, Sr., baseball
Aaron Young, So., track & field/cross country
Jessica Anderson, Sr., track & field

2000-2001
VERIZON ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICA ALL-DISTRICT VIII TEAM
Andy Miguel, Sr., football
Eric Thomson, Sr., football
Kip Ioane, Sr., basketball
Paul Duman, Sr., baseball
Maggie Burns, Sr., rowing

1999-2000
GTE ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICA TEAM
Beth Fitzgerald, Gr., cross country

GTE ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICA ALL-DISTRICT VIII TEAM
Bill Reid, Sr., football
Eric Thomson, Jr., football
Beth Fitzgerald, Gr., cross country
Shawn Gahr, Sr., basketball
Genesis Heath, Jr., softball
Nik Lubisich, Jr., baseball

1998-99
GTE ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICA ALL-DISTRICT VIII TEAM
Jeremy Senn, Sr., football
Nik Lubisich, So., baseball
Burke Eathorne, Sr., baseball

Ryan Hepp

Ryan Hepp