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Loyola’s Walt Gibler wins Horizon League award

Loyola's Walt Gibler left is defended by Butler's Erik Fromm first period Gentile Aren6526 N. Winthrop Saturday Jan. 21 2012

Loyola's Walt Gibler, left, is defended by Butler's Erik Fromm in the first period at Gentile Arena, 6526 N. Winthrop, Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012, in Chicago. | John J. Kim~Sun-Times

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Loyola senior Walt Gibler has been named the winner of the 2011-12 Cecil N. Coleman Medal of Honor, the highest individual honor in the Horizon League. He is only the second Loyola basketball player to receive the honor. Julie Wojta, a basketball player at Wisconsin-Green Bay, was named the female recipient.

Gibler is a pre-med major who graduated in May with a degree in psychology. The Cincinnati native averaged 12.4 points and 5.8 rebounds during his senior year while maintaining a near 4.0 grade point average. He was a two-time National Jesuit Men’s Basketball All-American team selection and named to the league’s All-Academic team.

Gibler is the fifth Loyola athlete to receive the award and first basketball player since 2004 when Jason Telford was named.

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