ATLANTA, Ga. - In the ASUN Beam Video Series, the conference features student-athletes across the league that have excelled in the classroom and taken a Students First mentality during their time as a student-athlete. Throughout the year, the ASUN will feature two student-athletes from each institution that epitomizes the conference's beam of Students First.
Sporting a 4.0 cumulative GPA as a Business & Management major, NJIT's Reilly Walsh is a two-time selection the ASUN Conference Men's Basketball All-Academic Team to go along with being selected for the Division I-AAA Athletics Directors Association Scholar-Athlete Team and the NABC Honors Court last year as a junior. A member of NJIT's Albert Dorman Honors College, Walsh landed on the Dean's List in six semesters leading into his senior season and earned recognition on-campus awards such as the Joseph Fitzgerald Scholar-Athlete Award and the Martin Tuchman School of Management Professor's Excellence Award.
"In all aspects of your life, you should always be willing to learn and always have an open ear." Walsh stated of his Students-First mentality. "There's so much to know out there and you are never going to know everything so you should always be willing to listen and learn from those that have experience. Whether that is on the basketball, listening to professionals or those who have been there before you. You should always be a student of whatever you are doing in life."
"The qualities that make Reilly stand out as a student-athlete are grit and determination," added NJIT Faculty Athletic Representative Michael Siegel. "He is a hard worker and he is also a people person, which helps with his leadership qualities on the court as well as his academics. It will make him a very desirable candidate when it comes time for him to get a job."
In addition to his academics, Walsh has added internships to his resume after working as a Group Insurance Information Technology Intern with Prudential Financial in Summer 2018 and served as a Financial Literacy Camp Teaching Assistant the prior summer on NJIT's campus. He is an active participant on the Dean's Executive Leadership Council, a member of the NJIT's Business & Investment Club, a student leader with NJIT's Salesforce Ambassador Program and Highlander SAAC E-Board member for the last two years.
"Reilly has done a great job of setting himself up for his future," NJIT Head Coach Brian Kennedy said of Walsh. "This past summer, he did an internship with Prudential Financial. He has worked hand-in-hand with our Honors College and the people that support that to make sure that he is in a good position when he graduates from NJIT to get a great job."
Before missing the remainder of the season with injury, Walsh tallied 21 points in NJIT's season opening win vs. Colgate as the Highlander have continued to set a Division I program record for wins with 22. In his career at NJIT, Walsh has played in 60 games, earned 33 starts, total 213 points, 120 rebounds, 55 assists and 46 steals as a Highlander.
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