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.