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.