Thomas Watson, an athlete and a scholar

Thomas Watson, an athlete and a scholar

Thomas Watson, an athlete and a scholarA Blue Devil’s basketball player surpassed the 1000 point plateau and led his team to two crucial victories over University of New Brunswick and St. Thomas University last weekend. Thomas Watson scored 27 and 33 points respectively in those games.

Watson, an honours chemistry student, is consistently recognized as being among the highest average points per game scorers in the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association.

“Few players reach this milestone,” said Neil Hooper, director of King’s athletics. “to earn these points in only 3.5 years is an amazing accomplishment in itself.”

Watson won the 2013 – 14 CCAA’s Academic All-Canadian award for combined excellence in collegiate athletics and academics. King’s school-mates Madeleine Alvarez (badminton), Kieran Hooey (soccer), Adrienne Schamlz (soccer) and Monique Comeau (soccer) picked up CCAA Academic All-Canadian awards the same year.

Over the past two years, Watson won the CCAA National Scholar Athlete Award, an award given to students who achieve a 3.7 or higher grade point average. The Halifax native led the nation in scoring for two months and won the Atlantic Colleges Athletic Association scoring championship for the past two years as well.

Watson is proving that academic and athletic success go hand in hand. Watson is one of 25 to 35 student athletes at King’s who achieve this high standard in any given year, according to Hooper.

Watson is also this week’s ACAA’s athlete of the week.

Watson was awarded King’s male athlete of the year and most valuable player in 2013-14.

Photo courtesy Peter Frew.

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