Shane Battier named to Academic HOF

Former Blue Devil standout Shane Battier joined a class of five individuals Monday, which comprised the College Sports Information Directors of America’s (CoSIDA) Capital One Academic All-America 2015 Hall of Fame class. The sixth annual induction ceremony was held in Orlando, Fla., in conjunction with this year’s CoSIDA convention. Created in 1988, the Capital One Academic All-America Hall of Fame class is made up of 137 members.

Battier, one of 13 former Duke basketball players to have his jersey retired, was joined by Heisman Trophy winner Danny Wuerffel, Olympic women’s hockey medalist Angela Ruggiero, Ohio State team physician Dr. Grant Jones and United States Congressman Rep. Lee Hamilton (D-Indiana) as members of this year’s hall of fame class.

Battier excelled both in the classroom and on the court during his time at Duke. Academically, Battier thrived, being named the Academic All-America of the Year in 2001, a Verizon Academic All-America and a two-time first team GTE Academic All-America.

During his playing years, Battier helped guide Duke to a national title in 2001, earning consensus National Player of the Year honors and first team All-America accolades along the way. Following the national championship, Battier was drafted sixth overall in the 2001 National Basketball Association draft by the Memphis Grizzlies. Battier eventually became a member of the Miami Heat in 2012, assisting the team in earning back-to-back NBA titles in 2012 and 2013.