- The Washington Times - Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Varun Ram and Malina Howard were named Maryland’s recipients of the Big Ten Medal of Honor, the university announced on Monday.

An award given to recognize academic and athletic excellence, Ram, a guard on the men’s basketball team, and Howard, a center on the women’s basketball team, are the first to earn the recipient after Maryland joined the Big Ten prior to this academic year.

Ram played in 21 games this past season and made his most notable contribution when he denied a shot in the closing seconds of an NCAA tournament victory over Valparaiso. A physiology and neurobiology major, Ram has a 3.952 GPA and will return to the university next year to begin graduate studies.

Howard averaged 5.8 points and 4.5 rebounds while starting all 37 games for the Terrapins, who won the Big Ten regular-season and tournament titles and advanced to the Final Four. She will graduate in three years this month with a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology and posted a 3.798 GPA.

The Big Ten Medal of Honor was first given in 1915 to a player who “attained the greatest proficiency in athletics and scholastic work.” Two players from each school — one male, one female — now receive it annually.

 

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