– The Mid-American Conference announced today the Distinguished Scholar-Athletes from the eight winter sports during this 2016-17 academic season as voted by faculty athletic representatives at MAC institutions representing the 'best of the best' from each sports Academic All-MAC Teams. Western Michigan sophomore center Seth Dugan
was one of just six players selected for the sport of men's basketball.
Dugan becomes the third Bronco men's basketball player to earn the Distinguished Scholar-Athlete recognition since the award began in 2015. To be eligible for the award, Dugan first had to be named Academic All-MAC. WMU had two Academic All-MAC selections this year, as sophomore Bryce Moore
also collected the honor. In total, there were 17 Academic All-MAC selections across all 12 institutions of in the league. Since 2004, Western Michigan has produced 23 of the 90 All-MAC selections across the conference.
Of the six players named as a Distinguished Scholar-Athlete this year, Dugan carried the highest grade-point average, maintaining a 3.94 in finance. The next highest GPA on the list came from Northern Illinois' Austin Pauga with a 3.78 in mechanical engineering.
Dugan played in all 32 games and started 19 this past season, averaging 6.1 points and 5.4 rebounds over 19.7 minutes per game. He led WMU with a .532 field goal percentage and 19 blocked shots and ranked ninth in the MAC in offensive rebounding, averaging 2.3 rpg.
Dugan increased his production during conference play, averaging 7.2 points and a team-high 5.8 rebounds per game. He recorded this second career double-double with 18 points (career high) and 12 rebounds at Buffalo and grabbed a career-high 15 rebounds against Oakland. Dugan also scored 12 points when the Broncos faced No. 3 ranked Villanova in the ESPN Charleston Classic.
Western Michigan rattled off nine-straight wins at the end of the season on their way to the school's ninth MAC West title.