Wolverines Honored for Most Improved Men's GPA

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan men's basketball team was honored with the 2007-08 Leaders and Best Award for Most Improved Men's GPA sponsored by Larry and Diane Johnson.

"This honor and award shows how hard our young men have worked in the classroom and not just on the court," said U-M men's basketball head coach John Beilein. "There are such wonderful academic and learning opportunities here at the University of Michigan. It is great to see our players taking full advantage of those chances."

Overall, the women's cross country team earned the award for top overall women's GPA, while the men's gymnastics team earned the honor for the top overall men's team GPA. The volleyball team was honored with the most improved women's GPA.

During the 2007-08 season, Wolverine basketball players C.J. Lee(Pittsford, N.Y./Pittsford Sutherland HS) and David Merritt(West Bloomfield, Mich./West Bloomfield HS) were named Academic All-Big Ten in addition to earning U-M Athletic Academic Achievement honors along with teammates Manny Harris(Detroit, Mich./Redford HS) and former Wolverine Adam Block.

The Leaders and Best Awards were created by Larry Johnson and his wife, Diane. Johnson earned two varsity letters as a defensive lineman with the U-M football team in the mid-1970s. In 1974, he was awarded the Arthur D. Robinson Award as the outstanding athlete-scholar on the football team. The next year, he earned the Fielding H. Yost Honor Award for football. Johnson graduated in 1975 with a BSE in environmental engineering.

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