Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholars
ASHEVILLE, N.C. – UNC Asheville women's basketball student-athlete Chatori Major was recognized by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education as she was named to the 2017 Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar second-team.
"Chatori's recognition as one the Arthur Ashe Junior Sports Scholar recipients is exciting for both Chatori and our women's basketball program," said UNC Asheville women's basketball head coach Brenda Mock Kirkpatrick. "Her work in the classroom and on the court has earned her several accolades throughout her career and this one ranks right at the top. She is a great example of how hard work and determination lead to success. Chatori could not have achieved this level of success without her commitment in the gym and diligence in her studies. She is a great example of what it truly takes to be a student-athlete at the highest level."
Diverse: Issues In Higher Education sponsors the Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar Awards to honor undergraduate students who have excelled in the classroom as well as on the athletic field. Inspired by tennis legend Arthur Ashe, Jr.'s commitment to education as well as his love for the game of tennis. In addition to their athletic ability and academic performance, Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholars demonstrate a commitment to community service and student leadership.
Major, who graduated from UNC Asheville in May, finished the fall semester with a perfect 4.00 grade-point average and posted a 3.64 cumulative GPA. The Camp Lejeune, N.C. native was a Health and Wellness major during her tenure at UNC Asheville.
During her four-year career with the Bulldogs, she played 118 games, including a career-best 34 games during her senior season. Major joined the elite 1,000-point club during her final season, which she accomplished on Feb. 21, 2017 against Winthrop. She was the 16th Bulldog and 106th Big South Conference player to eclipse 1,000 points.
As the team leader in minutes played (1,102), field goals made (164), three-pointers made (78), steals (45), points scored (468) and points per game average (13.8), she was named to her second consecutive Big South All-Conference first-team in 2017. She capped off her senior campaign by setting a program record for three-pointers in a single season, which led the Big South Conference and ranked 62nd in the country.
To learn more about UNC Asheville women's basketball, please visit uncabulldogs.com.