BATON ROUGE - The Cox Communications Academic Center for Student-Athletes honored six LSU student-athletes as part of their academic achievements and community service for July.
Each month, five student-athletes are recognized for their academic improvement, dedication and proven ability. In addition, one student-athlete is chosen through LSU's Student-Athlete Affairs program for their volunteerism and commitment to the community.
July’s student-athletes of the month are Shanice Hall [Track and Field], Johnny O'Bryant III [Men’s Basketball], Jermauria Rasco [Football], Dylan Supak [Softball] and Tam Trinh [Men’s Tennis]. Danielle Ballard [Women’s Basketball] was selected as the Shaquille O'Neal Life Skills Program Student-Athlete of the Month.
O’Bryant III and Rasco are majoring in sports administration and sport management, respectively. Hall is a communication studies major, while Trinh is chemical engineering major. Ballard is majoring in interdisciplinary studies and Supak is a kinesiology major.
Ballard, a forward from Memphis, Tenn., recently participated in the United Way’s Day of Action at Istrouma High School in Baton Rouge. Throughout the day, Ballard read books and spent time on the basketball court with local children. She also volunteered at BREC’s Juneteenth Celebration. Ballard’s service to the community comes after a historic freshman season on the court where she became the first LSU Basketball player – men or women – to record 100 steals in a season. In addition, Ballard ranked second among SEC freshmen in scoring and rebounding. For her efforts, she was named to the SEC All-Freshman and All-Defensive teams.
Hall was LSU’s leading high jumper during the indoor and outdoor track and field seasons. The Jamaica native jumped in numerous events for LSU in 2013 which included the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds and the SEC Outdoor Track & Field Championships.
Trinh excelled on the tennis court and showcased his talents in both singles and doubles play during his freshman season. With partner Stefan Szacinski, Trinh took down three ranked opponents in doubles including back-to-back SEC victories on the road at Florida and South Carolina.
O’Bryant III, a forward from Cleveland, Miss., is coming off a 2012-13 season where he averaged 13.6 points and 8.7 rebounds per game. He captured All-SEC First-Team honors from the league’s coaches and was an All-SEC Second-Team pick from the AP. O’Bryant III racked up 15 doubles-doubles, 12 versus SEC opponents. He poured in a career-best 30 points fueled by a 13-for-19 shooting effort at South Carolina. O’Bryant III will look to continue his success on the court with a cast of talented newcomers to the basketball program.
Rasco, a defensive end from Shreveport, saw action in every game last season. He recorded tackles in seven contests and will likely play a bigger role in 2013 after the departure of experienced veterans Barkevious Mingo and Sam Montgomery. Rasco forced a fumble during the season-opening win over North Texas and recorded a half-tackle for loss along with a quarterback hurry in the win over No. 3 South Carolina.
Supak, an infielder from LaGrange, Texas, tallied 18 appearances shared between first base and designated player. The Tigers won seven of nine games in which Supak started. She was recently named to the 2013 SEC Spring Academic Honor Roll.
For putting forth extra effort in the classroom and community in addition to their rigorous academic and competition schedules, these six student-athletes will have their pictures displayed on the wall in the Cox Communications Academic Center for Student-Athletes.