UP basketball player also Academic All-American

Thomas Van Der Mars is a 24-year-old native of The Netherlands

UP basketball player Thomas Van Der Mars is also an Academic All-American, Feb. 27, 2015 (KOIN 6 News)
UP basketball player Thomas Van Der Mars is also an Academic All-American, Feb. 27, 2015 (KOIN 6 News)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) — Thomas Van Der Mars looks like a basketball player. At 6-feet-11, the four-year starter for the University of Portland has proven to be rugged on both ends of the floor.

But the 24-year-old Netherlands native is now a first-team Academic All-American, one of only five in Division 1 basketball.

After he posted a 3.95 GPA in operations and technology management, he’s running a perfect 4.0 while finishing up his MBA.

Dan Christopherson filed this report.

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