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Sebastiani, Kearney named 2010 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes

March 16, 2010

PITTSBURGH – Point Park University men’s basketball players Franco Sebastiani and Ryan Kearney were named Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes on Monday night.

The NAIA office announced that Sebastiani and Kearney are among the 92 men’s basketball players in NAIA Division II to receive the honor, which is the highest academic award given out by the NAIA.

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2010 NAIA Division II men's basketball Scholar-Athletes (complete list)

All-time Point Park NAIA Scholar-Athletes (all sports)

Sebastiani, a junior guard from Greensburg, and Kearney, a senior guard from Pittsburgh, earned NAIA Scholar-Athlete status for the first time in their careers.

To be eligible, student-athletes must be nominated by their school, have at least a 3.5 cumulative grade-point average and be at least a junior in academic standing.

This year marks the second time in school history that two men’s basketball players were named NAIA Scholar-Athletes in the same season. The only other time that happened was in 2008-09 when Brad Fusco and Tim Lyman earned the award.

Sebastiani averaged a career-high 7.0 points per game as a junior this past season. The Greensburg Central Catholic graduate is majoring in biology. Sebastiani completed his second season at Point Park after spending his freshman year at NCAA Division III Rochester (N.Y.).

Sebastiani reached double figures in scoring five times this season, including a career-high of 33 points versus St. Joseph’s (Ind.). He played in 22 games and made six starts.

Kearney is a graduate of Chartiers Valley High School, and he was a member of the Point Park men’s basketball team the last two years. One of three seniors on this year’s team, the accounting major played in 21 games during his career.

During his high school career, Kearney helped Chartiers Valley win a WPIAL title.