Texas' Danny Newsome warms up before the game against Oklahoma during the NCAA men's college basketball game at the Erwin Center in Austin, Tex., Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016. RICARDO B. BRAZZIELL/AMERICAN-STATESMAN

BEVO BEAT Men's Basketball

Newsome, Scott earn Big 12 postgraduate scholarships

Former Texas basketball walk-on, former softball player working on master's degrees

Posted June 8th, 2016

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The Danimal is going to finish his education on someone else’s dime.

Former Texas walk-on basketball player Danny Newsome and former softball player Rachel Scott were among 20 Big 12 athletes awarded Dr. Prentice Gautt postgraduate scholarships, the league office announced Wednesday.

To be eligible, athletes must have a grade point average of at least 3.2 on a 4.0 scale and played for their school at least two years.

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Newsome, nicknamed “The Danimal,” by his teammates, was a fan favorite and one of the creators of the Twitter handle LastOnesOffTheBench (@UTBBallWalkOns). He played in 14 games the last three seasons, mostly when the final outcome was decided. Newsome’s biggest highlight came against UT-San Antonio last December when he went 3-for-4 from 3-point range and finished with a career-high nine points. Fans inside Erwin Center went crazy.

Newsome is enrolled in UT’s McCombs School of Business and holds a 3.46 cumulative GPA, according to the university. He’ll graduate with a bachelor’s and master’s degree in accounting in May 2017. To finish all the coursework, Newsome is giving up basketball for the 2016-17 season.

“I love being a Longhorn. I love being in Austin,” Newsome said prior to senior night festivities last season. “I wouldn’t trade it in for anything.”

Scott graduated in May 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in marketing. She’s pursuing a graduate degree in advertising and holds a perfect 4.0 GPA. She’s on pace to earn a master’s degree in May 2017, according to the school.

Contact Brian Davis at 512-445-3957. Email bdavis@statesman.com.

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