Basketball: Gutierrez, Kamp and who? are named to Pac-10 All-Academic team?

Congratulations are in order to Jorge Gutirrez and Harper Kamp . . . and to the Pacific-10 Conference for expanding the flexibility of the English language.

Gutierrez and Kamp were named to the Pac-10 All-Academic second-team after compiling grade-point averages of 3.02 and 3.10, respectively. Here’s the Pac-10 news release.

Gutierrez, a repeat second-team selection, is the first player in the four years that the Pac-10 has named an All-Defensive team to be selected to the All-Pac-10, All-Defensive and All-Academics teams. Quite an achievement, especially considering the native of Chihuahua, Mexico, did not speak much English when he arrived in the U.S. six years ago.

You have to wonder whether Gutierrez or Kamp perhaps deserved a spot on the All-Academic first team.

Let me explain, starting with a nod to the league’s much looser interpretation of the word “significant.”

Players chosen to the All-Academic teams must carry a 3.0 grade-point average and either be a starter or a “significant contributor.” These are the Pac-10’s requirements.

Which brings us to Oregon State freshman Rhys Murphy and Oregon junior Nicholas Fearn.

Murphy was named to the first team after compiling an impressive 3.67 GPA, which exceeds his season point total. By 3.67 points, actually.

That’s right, Murphy did not score a point this season, playing a total of 30 minutes spread over four non-conference games. His most recent appearance for the Beavers: Dec. 12 against Texas-Pan American.

Then there is Fearn, a 3.14 student and walkon guard. He earned second-team honors after scoring a total of four points on 1-for-7 shooting this season. Oh yes, and Fearn left the team before its current venture into the College Basketball Invitational because he wanted to enjoy spring break.

Significant contributors?

Jeff Faraudo