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Harding, Harward, Knell receive WCC All-Academic honors

SAN MATEO, Calif. – Connor Harding, Richard Harward and Trevin Knell were recognized for their success on and off the court when the West Coast Conference released its 2021 All-Academic honors on Wednesday.

Harding and Knell were both named to the WCC All-Academic Team and Harward was selected as Academic Honorable Mention.

This season Knell achieved a 3.55 GPA as a pre-business major in the classroom, while establishing himself as a 3-point sharpshooter on the hardwood. The sophomore from Woods Cross, Utah finished the season with the WCC’s third-best 3-point shooting percentage at .403. Knell recorded a career-high 20 points in the WCC Tournament Championship Game against Gonzaga on March 9.

Harding held a 3.31 GPA in entrepreneurial management, while coming off the bench to average 5.4 points-per-game and shooting 40.3 percent from the field for the Cougars last season. The junior guard from Pocatello, Idaho scored a career-high 17 points as he helped BYU defeat rival Utah in an 82-64 win on Dec. 12. This marks the second-straight season Harding has been named academic all-conference.

Harward posted a 3.21 GPA as a Psychology major in his first season of action for the Cougars. The junior center from Orem, Utah distinguished himself as a physical force in the paint, averaging 6.1 points and 4.3 rebounds per game while shooting 60.2 percent from the field. Harward recorded one of his two double-doubles on the season with 13 points and 11 rebounds in a crucial road win over San Francisco on Jan. 16.

2020-21 West Coast Conference Men's Basketball All-Academic Team

Connor HardingBYUJr.3.31Entrepreneurial Management
Corey KispertGonzagaSr.3.79Business Administration
Trevin KnellBYUSo.3.55Pre-Business
Tommy KuhseSaint Mary'sGr.3.61Business Administration
Matthias MarkussonLMUGr.4.00MS Educational Studies
Damari MilsteadSan FranciscoJr.3.73Management
Josh ParrishSan DiegoGr.4.00Leadership Studies
Dzmitry RyunySan FranciscoJr.3.73Management
Khalil ShabazzSan FranciscoJr.3.22Communications
Jonas VisserSan FranciscoSo. 4.00Entrepreneurship

Honorable Mention

Richard HarwardBYU
Jervay GreenPacific
Daniss JenkinsPacific
Jahbril Price-NoelPacific
Taavi JurkatammSan Francisco
Frankie HughesSan Diego
Vladimir PinchukSan Diego

BYU Men's Basketball All-Time WCC Academic Honors

2020-21Trevin KnellSophomore
2020-21Connor HardingJunior
2020-21Richard Harward (HM)Junior
2019-20TJ HawsSenior
2019-20Connor HardingSophomore
2018-19Luke WorthingtonSenior
2018-19TJ HawsJunior
2017-18Luke Worthington (HM)Junior
2017-18TJ HawsSophomore
2016-17Braiden Shaw (HM)Sophomore
2016-17Davin GuinnJunior
2016-17Eric MikaSophomore
2015-16Kyle DavisJunior
2014-15Luke WorthingtonSophomore
2011-12Craig CusickJunior