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NABC Recognizes Penn State Altoona Men's Basketball for Academics
7/18/2013 — KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) today announced a pair of academic recognitions: the NABC Honors Court and the Team Academic Excellence Awards. The Honors Court recognizes individual collegiate men's basketball student-athletes who excelled in academics during the 2012-2013 season, while the Team Academic Excellence Awards are given for outstanding academic achievement by a men's basketball team.
The NABC Honors Court recognizes the talents and gifts that student-athletes possess off the court, as well as the hard work they exhibit in the classroom. In order to be named to the Honors Court, a student-athlete must meet a high standard of academic criteria. The qualifications are as follows:
1. Academically a junior or senior and a varsity player.
2. Cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher at the conclusion of the 2012-2013 academic year.
3. Students must have matriculated at least one year at their current institution.
4. Member of an NCAA Division I, II, III, or NAIA Division I or II institution.
Named to the NABC Honors Court from Penn State Altoona men's basketball are forward Matt Gehret (Altoona, PA/Altoona) and guard Jordan Stiles (Northern Cambria, PA/Northern Cambria). Gehret and Stiles were each seniors for the Lions this past season and graduated in May. Gehret majored in Elementary Education, while Stiles as a Mathematics major.
The Penn State Altoona men's basketball team as a whole won the Team Academic Excellence Award, making them one of just 97 teams out of more than 1,000 NCAA and NAIA schools to earn the award. This honor was created by the NABC Committee this year, recognizing collegiate men's basketball teams with cumulative GPAs of 3.0 or better for the 2012-2013 season. In order to earn the NABC Team Academic Excellence Award, an institution must count the grade point averages of all men’s student-athletes competing during the 2012-2013 season in NCAA Division I, II, III, and NAIA Division I and II.
The NABC was founded in 1927 by Phog Allen, the legendary basketball coach at the University of Kansas. It currently has nearly 5,000 members consisting primarily of university and college men’s basketball coaches.
Photo: Seniors Matt Gehret (left) and Jordan Stiles (right) earned spots on the NABC Honors Court for their academic performances in 2012-2013.