July 5, 2021

Marooney and Pooley Named B1G Distinguished Scholars


Defenseman James Marooney and forward Austin Pooley of the Ohio State men’s hockey team have been honored as Big Ten Distinguished Scholars.

Marooney, a sophomore in 2020-21, is a sport industry major. Pooley earned his bachelor’s degree in finance in Spring 2021 after finishing his senior campaign. The duo also earned Academic All-Big Ten and Ohio State Scholar-Athlete accolades. Pooley is a three-time Big Ten Distinguished Scholar.

Big Ten Faculty Representatives established the Distinguished Scholar Award in 2008 to supplement the Academic All-Big Ten program. Distinguished Scholar Award recipients must have earned Academic All-Big Ten recognition in the previous academic year, must have been enrolled full time at the institution for the entire previous academic year (two semesters or three quarters) and earned a minimum GPA of 3.70 or better during the previous academic year, excluding any summer grades. The Academic All-Big Ten threshold is a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher for a student-athlete’s academic career. In all, the B1G honored 2,132 student-athletes across the conference as Big Ten Distinguished Scholars for 2020-21.

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