Basketball's Kramer Earns Valedictorian Status at Graduation
Malte Kramer was also Pepperdine basketball's first-ever Academic All-American.
April 30, 2014
MALIBU, Calif. - Senior forward Malte Kramer of the men's basketball team received his biggest academic honor yet this past weekend when he was named a Valedictorian during Pepperdine's graduation ceremony.
Kramer graduated on Saturday (April 26) with a 4.0 grade-point average and a degree in economics.
Previously this spring, Kramer received the following awards: Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-American third team honors (becoming Pepperdine basketball's first-ever Academic All-American); West Coast Conference All-Academic first team status; Division I-AAA Athletics Directors Association Scholar-Athlete Team; and Pepperdine Athletics' Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
"Being named Valedictorian was probably the biggest of my awards," Kramer said. "The best part was having my parents come here from Germany and see it. It was really surprising and it means a lot to receive an award like this out of a class of 800 students. I was very grateful and very honored to be up on the stage."
Kramer hasn't decided on his next step quite yet. He plans on pursuing an MBA in the future - he says he's on the wait list at Stanford and is waiting to hear back from New York University - but may put that off to continue playing basketball.
Kramer was an important reserve and occasional starter as a senior in 2013-14. He appeared in 28 games, starting nine, and averaged 4.6 points and 1.4 rebounds. He made 44.8% of his three-pointers (30-for-67) on the season, good for third-best in the WCC. Kramer scored a career-high 14 points against Indiana State at the Great Alaska Shootout in November. He made the go-ahead three-pointer late in a home victory against rival Loyola Marymount (Feb. 1), and then sank four three-pointers in a road victory at LMU (Feb. 20).
"This caps off a lot of great awards that Malte has earned over the past two years," Pepperdine Coach Marty Wilson said. "He's truly deserving of all his honors. This is a first for me. We haven't had a Valedictorian at anywhere I've been. I think it helps validate the importance that we place on academics here at Pepperdine."
In 2012-13, his first season with the Waves, Kramer earned a place on the NABC Honors Court and also garnered WCC Commissioner's Honor Roll "gold" honors. He was limited to just five games due to injury and illness.
Before transferring to Pepperdine, Kramer was the state of California's junior college scholar-athlete of the year in 2011-12 while at Cuesta College. He also held a 4.0 GPA at Cuesta and was an all-state first team selection in basketball.
Graduating alongside Kramer on Saturday was fellow senior Nikolas Skouen (Bergen, Norway/Pratt CC), who earned a degree in psychology. Brendan Lane (Rocklin, Calif./Rocklin HS/UCLA) received his master's degree in applied finance at the Graduate School of Business and Management ceremony one week earlier.
Marty Wilson (@MartyWilson4) April 26, 2014