5 hoopsters earn NABC Honor Court Award
Release Date Monday, July 21, 2014

RAPID CITY, S.D. --- The South Dakota School of Mines men’s basketball program recently had five Hardrocker student athletes named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Honors Court for the 2013-14 season.

Members of the Hardrocker squad who received this national award include: senior Jordan Dick (Casper, Wyo.), graduated senior Lance Kilburn (Lawrence, Kan.), junior Mark Mazzucco (Mesa, Ariz.), junior Philip Schanilec (Forest River, N.D.) and junior Justin Schock (West Fargo, N.D.)


The NABC Honors Court recognizes the talents and gifts that these young athletes possess off the court and the hard work they exhibit in the classroom.

“We are very proud to have these young men in our program and look forward to seeing all their accomplishments after they graduate as well,” said Hardrocker men’s basketball head coach Jason Henry. “I am always so amazed with our student athletes and the challenges they face balancing academics and athletics. Their ability to get a degree in the engineering field and still excel in a varsity sport is incredible.”

To qualify for the award, student athletes must be a junior or senior academically and a varsity player; have a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher at the conclusion of the 2013-14 academic year; and be a member of an NCAA Div. I, II, III or NAIA Div. I or II institution with an NABC member coach.

Since its inception in 1927, the NABC has contributed numerous ideas and programs to help preserve and enhance the positive aspects of college basketball. These initiatives include establishing the original Basketball Hall of Fame (Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame), creating the format for today's NCAA Basketball Tournament, supporting Coaches vs. Cancer, and building the College Basketball Experience, which houses the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame, as part of the Sprint Center Arena located in downtown Kansas City, Mo.



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