Academic honors for Profitt, Mullins

For the second straight season, Central Arkansas guards Maggie Proffitt and Brianna Mullins have followed up all-conference seasons with being named to Southland Conference All-Academic teams. 

Proffitt, voted first-team All-Southland earlier this month, is also a first-team All-Academic selection after being selected to the second team last season. Mullins, a third-team All-Southland selection, was voted onto the league’s All-Academic second team for the second consecutive season.

The two become the first Sugar Bears to twice be named both All-Southland and Southland All-Academic in the same season, with Megan Herbert the only other Sugar Bear to earn both accolades in the same year (2013).

Proffitt – who has a 3.25 cumulative grade point average in Exercise Science – was one of four automatic selections to the All-Academic team by virtue of being selected first-team All-Southland and meeting the academic requirements, which include a 3.0 cumulative GPA, having completed one full academic year at the nominating institution and having participated in at least 50 percent of the team’s competition.

Mullins – who has a 3.49 GPA in Nursing – was selected to the second team by vote of head coaches, sports information directors and academic advisers from each of the 13 Southland Conference universities.

Central Arkansas was one of just three schools with multiple players on the Southland All-Academic teams, joining Abilene Christian and Northwestern State. With Proffitt and Mullins earning repeat selections, Central Arkansas’ total of women’s basketball all-academic honors rises to 11 in 10 seasons in the Southland, with the Sugar Bears being represented in eight of the 10 years.

UA’s Whitt decides to transfer

FAYETTEVILLE – Jimmy Whitt, the most heralded freshman signee of Arkansas’ 2015-2016 basketball recruiting class, is transferring at the close of the spring semester, Razorbacks coach Mike Anderson confirmed Wednesday though a Razorbacks press release.

Reports that Whitt of Columbia, Mo., was considering transferring had surfaced before last week’s spring break.

Anderson, formerly the coach at the University of Missouri, had long known Whitt who attended the coach’s basketball camps at Missouri and then in Fayetteville when fifth-year Razorbacks coach moved to Arkansas.

"After meeting with Jimmy, although I don’t agree with his decision, I respect it," Anderson said. "I had the privilege of watching Jimmy grow up over the years and it was a pleasure coaching him during his freshman season. We wish him and his family the best as he pursues another institution to continue his collegiate career."

Whitt also was quoted in the press release.

"I have enjoyed my experience at the University of Arkansas, but I feel like it’s time for me to make a change," Whitt said. "This was a very difficult decision for me and my family. I wish the Razorbacks and my teammates nothing but success in the future."

Whitt did not mention a specific school where he intends to transfer.

A 6-4 guard out of Columbia’s Hickman High and a nationally consensus Top 80 recruit, Whitt played all 32 games averaging 17.2 minutes and 6.1 points and 1.7 rebounds per game.

He started the first 10 games and though losing the starting job, showed improvement during the season coming off the bench.

UCA’s Husky gets volleyball promotion

University of Central Arkansas head women’s volleyball coach Jeni Jones has promoted assistant coach Matt Huskey to associate head coach. 

"Matt is an integral part of every aspect of our program," said Jones. "His knowledge and passion for the game are exceptional. Most importantly, he sets a tremendous example for our players with respect to his work ethic, discipline and personal character. He is the whole package and it is a well-deserved recognition for him."

Huskey has played an instrumental role in transforming the UCA Volleyball program’s defense.  During the 2015 season, Huskey guided the Sugar Bears to be the top blocking team in the Southland Conference, holding opponents to the lowest hitting percentage in the SLC, and a ninth-place ranking in the conference in digs per set, as well as ushering in two players into the top-10 in the conference in blocks per set with sophomore Megan Nash ranking second and freshman Sam Anderson in seventh.  This is marked increase in these statistical categories from the 2014 season when the Sugar Bears ranked ninth in blocks per set, tenth in opponent hitting percentage, twelfth in digs per set, and had no one ranked in the top-10 in blocks per set.

Huskey is also the recruiting coordinator for UCA Volleyball.