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Posted: July 5, 2011 8:00 p.m.

Oxford hoopster gets academic award

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Justin Tien

Justin Tien, a member of the Oxford College Class of 2011 and a rising junior at Emory College, has been designated by the NJCAA as an Athlete of Distinction and winner of the association's Exemplary Academic Achievement Award. He was a member of the Oxford College men's basketball team, averaging 3.4 points per game and shooting 40 percent from the three-point range.

Tien, who is from Hillsborough, N.J., was selected after achieving a 3.75 cumulative GPA. Continuing on to the Atlanta campus and Emory College, he plans to pursue a double major in mathematics and economics.

At Oxford he was a member of Alpha Epsilon Upsilon academic honor society and was an Oxford Research Scholar in economics. He was also selected as a supplementary instructor in calculus.

At the Oxford College athletics banquet held in spring 2011, Tien received the Oxford Athletics Dean's Award, given to the student who best exemplifies the ideal of a student-athlete through outstanding academic success.

In an additional category, All-Academic Team designation, the Oxford College men's basketball team was second among all NJCAA basketball teams with a 3.24 GPA, and the Oxford women's tennis team, current NJCAA Division III champions, was also named to the All-Academic Team.

Roderick Stubbs, head coach for men's basketball, said, "I am very proud of both accomplishments. Our student-athletes did very well in the classroom and deserve to be recognized for their efforts."

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