July 23, 2014

Men's Basketball Earns NABC Team Academic Excellence Award

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) announced the second annual 2013-14 Team Academic Excellence Awards, created by the NABC Committee on Academics. These awards, earned by more than 125 colleges and universities, recognize outstanding academic achievement by a team with a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or better for the 2013-14 season. The Saint Leo men's basketball team earned the award for the 2013-14 academic year. 

On Monday, the NABC announced individual academic honors, and Lions players Spenser Mitchell, Taylor Bassett, and Ryan Wilson received the presitigious award for their academic efforts throughout the year. 

In order to earn a NABC Team Academic Excellence Award, institutions in NCAA Division 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.

Located in Kansas City, Missouri, 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. For additional information about the NABC, its programs and membership, go to www.nabc.org.

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