San Antonio – St. Mary’s University men’s basketball player Joe Dinkins earned ESPN the Magazine/CoSIDA first team Academic All-District Six honors, it was announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) recently.

An Honor Roll student at St. Mary’s, who graduated Summa Cum Laude last spring, Dinkins (Conroe, Texas) is in his final season of basketball for the Rattlers. He has a 3.90 grade point average while working on his master of business administration degree. He graduated with a 3.84 GPA in business administration. Dinkins is also active in the community, volunteering for Habitat for Humanity, Austin Parks Rescue, Capital City Food Bank, the Special Olympics and Wolf Trail Kids Kamp.

On the court Dinkins has started and played in all 23 games this season, averaging 5.9 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game. He is hitting on 53.6 percent from the field and 73.8 percent from the free throw line. He has scored in double figures in three of the last five games, including a career-high 14 points against Lincoln University last Saturday.

Dinkins was one of five players to earn first team All-District Six honors in the College Division and will move on to the national ballot, which will be announced Feb. 28. Also making the All-District Six team were Tyler Winford (Mississippi College), Tyler Cooper (West Texas A&M), Nick Michels (Dallas Baptist) and Mario Faranda (Loyola).

The Rattlers are 14-9 overall and 7-3 in Heartland Conference play this season. St. Mary’s will return to action on Saturday when they host Texas A&M-International University at Bill Greehey Arena at 7:30 p.m.

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