St. John’s guard Tareq Coburn earned national recognition on Wednesday for his excellence on the court and in the classroom. Coburn was one of only 12 men’s basketball student-athletes in the country named to the Division I-AAA Athletics Directors Association’s Scholar-Athlete Team. Coburn joined Creighton’s Ryan Hawkins as the only BIG EAST student-athletes to receive the prestigious recognition.
Coburn, a 2021 CoSIDA Third Team Academic All-American who graduated from Hofstra with a bachelor’s degree in community health, is pursuing a master’s degree in the highly selective physician’s assistant program at St. John’s. He played in 27 games and made three starts for the Red Storm this past season while carrying a 3.7 grade point average.
A Queens native, Coburn scored 1,092 points, grabbed 434 rebounds and sank 195 threes over his collegiate career. During the 2021-22 campaign, he scored double figures four times, including a season-high 20 points with five 3-pointers in St. John’s win over Xavier on March 2 at Carnesecca Arena. Coburn also shot a team-best 44.1 percent from distance in BIG EAST action last season.
“On behalf of the Division I-AAA Athletics Directors Association, I am excited to congratulate this year’s men’s and women’s scholar-athlete teams,” said D1-AAA Scholar-Athlete Team Selection Committee Chair and Director of Athletics at the University of San Francisco, Joan McDermott. “These individuals demonstrate excellence on and off the court, and we commend the dedication they have shown to effectively navigate the demanding student-athlete experience.”
During his time at Hofstra, Coburn was a two-time Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Scholar-Athlete of the Year, a two-time CoSIDA Academic All-District First Team selection and the recipient of the CAA Dean Ehlers Leadership Award, presented to the men’s basketball student-athlete who “embodies the highest standards of leadership, integrity and sportsmanship in conjunction with his academic and athletic achievement.”
Basketball players from all Division I-AAA ADA member institutions are eligible for this prestigious annual award. Each of the nominees is required to maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.20 (4.00 scale) and have been a starter or important reserve with legitimate athletics credentials. Nominees must have participated in at least 50 percent of the team’s games. To be eligible for nomination to the Scholar-Athlete Team, individuals must have reached junior academic standing at their respective institution.
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