Colleges

Duke's Thornton, UNC's Shealy finalists for SI award

Posted May 8, 2013

Duke’s Tyler Thornton and North Carolina’s Loren Shealy are each finalists for the Sports Illustrated College Athlete of the Year, the publication announced Tuesday.

Thornton averaged 3.4 points and 2.2 rebounds per game for Duke last year coming off the bench for the 30-6 Blue Devils. Thornton also participates in the Read with the Blue Devils program, volunteers at Duke Children's Hospital and is involved with the SONS (Students Of New Success) program at CC Spaulding Elementary School.

“Being named a finalist for this award means a lot to me and my family,” Thornton said in a statement. “One of the reasons we chose Duke is the excellence that is required on and off the court. This year I was put in a position to make a difference in some young people’s lives and really enjoyed that opportunity and the time I was able to spend with them.”

Thornton is going up against Michigan basketball player Trey Burke, St. Cloud State hockey player Drew LeBlanc, Southern California football player Khaled Holmes and Cornell wrestler Kyle Dake.

Shealy, a Charlotte native, was second on the Tar Heels field hockey team in goals and third in points last season, earned All-ACC tournament honors and helped UNC reach their third consecutive national final.

She also holds a 4.0 grade point average and was the first athlete to earn the Robertson Scholarship.

The other female finalists are: Oregon four-sport athlete Liz Brenner, LSU runner Kimberlyn Duncan, Baylor basketball player Brittney Griner and Northwestern lacrosse player Taylor Thornton.

The five male and female finalists represent ten different sports and include six seniors, two juniors and two sophomores. The winners will be announced on May 22 and featured in the May 27 edition of the magazine.

Voting for the players is open at {{a href='external_link-1"}}http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/college-athlete-of-the-year/{{/a}}

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  • Hammerhead May 8, 7:26 p.m.

    Athlete of the Year??? Explain?

    — Posted by Toddler10-21

    I'm curious about the rest of them, and why they, in particular, are finalists. If you read the bios of college athletes on college websites, a lot of them are involved in charities and the like. At any rate, congrats to all of them.

  • Hokies94 May 8, 6:48 p.m.

    Congratulations to these two scholar athletes. They have excelled in the classroom, and this is what it's all about. Thornton is working his way into making an impact at Duke on the court. I love that these two are so involved with the things that truly matters off of the court too. To work with the kids is so impressive in regard to Thornton. Both are winners because they take grades and their studies firstly. It's not all about athletics.

  • Toddler10-21 May 8, 5:52 p.m.

    Athlete of the Year??? Explain?

  • jbenjamin1387 May 8, 5:41 p.m.

    him and josh hariston should have got the worst players past,present,and future award. Everytime they come off the bench I say a prayer

  • The Greatest Ever May 8, 5:23 p.m.

    Who are you? I've never heard of you before! lol

  • Hammerhead May 8, 5:12 p.m.

    Sounds like he does good things but I'm trying to understand the 'Athlete of the Year' part of... View More

    — Posted by Glory

    That's only 3.4 points and 2.2 rebounds more than I averaged for Duke. I don't get the angle either. I guess it's the scholar/humanitarian angle, which is cool. Kyle Dake deserves it, 4 straight national wrestling championships is pretty impressive, at an Ivy League school no less.

  • Glory May 8, 4:36 p.m.

    Sounds like he does good things but I'm trying to understand the 'Athlete of the Year' part of his nomination. Of course the school he went to gives him that elitest edge. "Thornton averaged 3.4 points and 2.2 rebounds per game for Duke last year coming off the bench for the 30-6 Blue Devils."

  • StunGunn May 8, 3:24 p.m.

    Good luck to Thornton and Shelay - they both represent the ACC and their schools very well.

  • rushbot May 8, 2:48 p.m.

    good luck to you, mr thornton!! i enjoyed watching duke bb duing your career!

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