The American University men's basketball team was honored with the National Association of Basketball Coaches 2012-13 Inaugural Team Academic Excellence Award, recognizing institutions with a 3.0 GPA or better. Additionally, four student-athletes were named to the Honors Court. The Eagles have now totaled 22 student-athletes named to the prestigious list in the past six seasons.
American was one of just two Patriot League schools to earn the honor. In order be eligible for the team award, an institution must count the grade point averages of all men's student-athletes competing during the 2012-13 season in NCAA Division I, II, III, and NAIA Division I and II.
Recent graduates Daniel Fisher '13, Blake Jolivette '13 and Daniel Munoz '13 each made their second-consecutive appearance on the Honors Court. Fisher majored in International Studies while Jolivette and Munoz graduated from the Kogod School of Business.
Redshirt sophomore Austin Carroll, also a business administration concentrator in Kogod, was AU's fourth honoree.
American received the most selections in the Patriot League for the third-consecutive year and have had 11 honorees in the past two years.
To be eligible for the NABC Honors Court a student-athlete must be either a junior or senior academically and a varsity player, have a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher, have matriculated at least one year their current institution and be a member of an NCAA Division I, II, III or NAIA Institution.
About the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC)
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.