Hardocker hoops earns Academic Team Honors
Release Date Friday, July 25, 2014

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The South Dakota School of Mines men’s basketball team earned the 2013-14 National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Team Academic Excellence Award for the second consecutive year.

“It’s awesome for the team and our institution to earn these types of awards,” said Hardrocker men’s basketball head coach Jason Henry. “But it’s even more of an achievement to consistently do it. It really shows the caliber of scholar-athlete we have at South Dakota Mines. I’m proud of our guys for not only making the grade, but also for putting in the time and commitment needed to achieve their goals both in athletics and academics.”

In order to earn a NABC Team Academic Excellence Award, institutions in NCAA Div. I, II, III, and NAIA Division I and II, must count the grade point averages of all men’s student-athletes who competed during the 2013-14 season.

The National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) today announced the second annual 2013-14 Team Academic Excellence Awards, created by the NABC Committee on Academics. These awards recognize outstanding academic achievement by a team with a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or better for the 2013-14 season.

Located in Kansas City, Mo, the NABC was founded in 1927 by Phog Allen, the legendary basketball coach at the University of Kansas. Allen, a student of James Naismith, the inventor of basketball, organized coaches into this collective group to serve as Guardians of the Game. The NABC currently has nearly 5,000 members consisting primarily of university and college men’s basketball coaches. All members of the NABC are expected to uphold the core values of being a Guardian of the Game by bringing attention to the positive aspects of the sport of basketball and the role coaches play in the academic and athletic lives of today’s student-athletes. The four core values of being a Guardian of the Game are advocacy, leadership, service and education.

 

 

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