The University of Minnesota Crookston (UMC) men’s basketball team earned the 2019-20 National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Team Academic Excellence Awards, created by the NABC Committee on Academic. The award recognizes outstanding academic achievement by a team with a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or better for the 2019-20 season.
In order to earn a NABC Team Academic Excellence Award, institutions in the NCAA, NAIA, and NJCAA must count the grade point averages of all men’s student-athletes who competed during the 2019-20 season.
In addition to the NABC Team Academic Excellence Award, UMC’s Harrison Cleary (Sr., Oak Creek, Wis.) was selected to the NABC Honors Court, which recognized more than 1,350 men’s collegiate basketball student-athletes who excelled in academics during the past season. The NABC Honors Court highlights the talents and gifts these men possess on the court and 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 grade point average (GPA) of 3.2 or higher at the conclusion of the 2019-20 academic year.
3. Students must have matriculated at least one year at their current institution. 4. Member of a NCAA Division I, II, III, or NAIA Division I or II institution with a NABC member coach.