FAIRFAX, Va. – Three University of Alaska Anchorage student-athletes have been recognized as 2017 Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholars, with men's basketball player Diante Mitchell, track & field standout Alexia Blalock and women's basketball player Kiki Robertson each earning the prestigious honor.

Bestowed by the Diverse: Issues in Higher Education and named for tennis legend Arthur Ashe Jr., the annual awards recognize “student-athletes of color who best exemplify academic and athletic achievement.”

“All three of these individuals have set outstanding examples of what it means be a student-athlete,” said UAA Athletic Director Keith Hackett. “They have represented Seawolf Athletics and our university with great character and integrity. They represent the best of what college athletics has to offer.”

A senior point guard from Syracuse, Utah, Mitchell was a first-team honoree for men's basketball. The Western Nebraska Community College transfer recently completed his 2-year Seawolf career as one of the most accurate three-point and free-throw shooters in program history, while earning honorable mention All-Great Northwest Athletic Conference honors this season. In the classroom, the team captain carried a 3.55 overall GPA as an accounting major, graduating with cum laude accolades this month.

A senior from Honolulu, Hawaii, Blalock was a second-team Ashe honoree for women's track & field. The four-year letterwinner is a three-time all-conference placer in the triple jump and has helped the Seawolves to a pair of GNAC team titles as a prolific scorer in the long jump, hurdles and sprint events. Also a campus leader, Blalock earned a 4.00 GPA last fall and carries a 3.79 overall as an early childhood education major.

Another senior point guard and Honolulu native, Robertson was a fourth-team Ashe scholar for her sport. The GNAC and UAA's all-time leader with 700 assists, 382 steals and 116 victories, she recently finished a legendary 4-year career that featured three GNAC titles, four NCAA Tournaments and a trip to the 2016 NCAA Div. II Title Game, two GNAC Defensive Player of the Year awards, and two GNAC Tournament MVP awards. A nursing major, Robertson improved her overall GPA to 3.35 last fall and earned a spot on the GNAC All-Academic Team as well.