Kansas City, Mo. - July 18, 2019 - The Springfield College men's basketball team was recognized with the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Team Academic Excellence Award, created by the NABC Committee on Academics. This award recognizes outstanding academic achievement by a team with a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or better for the 2018-19 season.
In order to earn a NABC Team Academic Excellence Award, an institution must count the grade point averages of all men's basketball student-athletes competing during the 2018-19 season in NCAA Division I, II, III, and NAIA. In fact, Springfield was one of only two programs from the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) to earn the academic honor.
Last season, the 14 members of Springfield's men's basketball program combined to achieve a 3.20 grade point average. Additionally, four of those student-athletes were selected to the NABC Honors Court, which recognizes those collegiate basketball student-athletes who excelled in academics. In order to be named to the Honors Court, a student-athlete must academically be a junior or a season, own a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher at the conclusion of the 2018-19 academic year, and matriculated at least one year at their current NCAA Division I,II,II or NAIA institution
Springfield College's honorees included a pair of students who recently graduated in Kevin Durkin (Worcester, Mass./Sport Management) and Cam Earle (South Hadley, Mass.)/Computer and Information Sciences), while rising seniors Heath Post (Cheshire, Conn./Environmental Science) and Jake Jacobson (Branford, Conn./Physical Education) were also recognized.
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