KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) announced the NABC Honors Court on Wednesday, recognizing those collegiate basketball student-athletes who excelled in academics during the 2011-12 season. Included on the list were three Saint Leo University standout student-athletes as Marcus Ruh, Shaun Adams and Tom Neary were recognized for their accomplishments in the classroom.
"I am very proud that these three young men were recognized for their tremendous academic successes by the National Association of Basketball Coaches," Head Coach Lance Randall said. "They are tremendous ambassadors for our great academics here at Saint Leo University and are great representatives of our core value of Excellence. I am very excited for those three as well as our entire men's basketball team for achieving a team GPA collectively of over 3.10."
The trio found their names added to the Honors Court as each posted perfect, or near-perfect 4.0 grade point averages. Ruh was the standout of the three as he claimed a 4.0 and took home the 2011-12 Saint Leo Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year awarded back in April. The accolade recognized his hard work and dedication in both the classroom as well as his All-Conference performance on the hardwood this past season.
In addition to their academic success, all three student-athletes helped reinvigorate basketball at Saint Leo as they helped take the program to new heights in 2011-12, including an SSC Tournament runner-up finish and the Lions' first ever NCAA Tournament berth.
The NABC Honors Court recognizes the talents and gifts that these men possess off the court, and the hard work they exhibit in the classroom. In order to be named to the Honors Court, an athlete must meet a high standard of academic criteria.
Ruh, Adams and Neary follow Matt Salay, who was named to the Honors Court after the 2010-11 season.
Click here for the entire 2011-12 NABC Honors Court.