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St. John Fisher's Norsen named Academic All-American

Jason Norsen of Hamburg not only finished a record-setting career on the court, he was also recognized for his academic work and community service.

St. John Fisher College’s Jason Norsen has been named to the Capital One Academic All-America First Team by the College Sports Information Directors of America. To be eligible for consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve in his junior or senior season and maintain a grade point average of at least 3.30.

Norsen, who was named to the Academic All-America Third Team last winter, advanced to the national ballot after earning All-District First Team honors for the second straight year back in January.

An accounting major with a 3.91 cumulative grade point average, the Hamburg native finishes his four-year career as the 20th Cardinal to score 1,000 points, racking up 1,083 in 95 games. Norsen also finishes as the college’s all-time leader in blocks (221) and field goal percentage at 61.9 percent.

Norsen led the nation in blocked shots (3.5 per game) going into the Empire 8 Conference Tournament last weekend. A four-year starter, he also ranked 11th nationally in field goal percentage and led Fisher this year in scoring and rebounding. He also ranked seventh in career rebounding with over 600 and 13th in career scoring.

Norsen also has been contributor in the community. A four-year member of Fisher’s Student-Athlete-Advisory-Committee, Norsen has helped generate money for the Golisano Children’s Hospital through various fundraising events. He has volunteered as mentor, reading to children in the Rochester City School District, while also participating in various activities involving the Special Olympics.

Third-seeded St. John Fisher was knocked from Empire 8 title contention by No. 2 Ithaca on Friday (Feb. 22), falling 70-63 at Stevens Institute of Technology. The loss snaps an eight-game win streak for the Cardinals, and also marks the first time Fisher has lost in the Empire 8 semifinals ­ — previously it was 7-0 in first round action. The team finishes the year 17-9 overall and 9-4 against conference opponents, posting a winning record for a 25th time in 26 years.

“Young men like Jason don’t come around every day,” says Rob Kornaker, Fisher’s head coach since 2001. “He’s obviously a very talented basketball player, but what he has accomplished in the classroom and the way he has been active in our community, finding the time to give to back to others, is really what sets him apart from others.”
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