KANSAS CITY, MO - Florida Southern College men's basketball has been named as a recipient of the 2016-17 NABC Team Academic Excellence Award, the National Association of Basketball Coaches announced on Wednesday.
The award, which recognizes teams who carry a 3.0 or better cumulative grade-point average throughout the season, is the fourth overall and fourth-straight for the Moccasins. In addition to its NABC Team Academic Excellence Award, Florida Southern also had one CoSIDA Academic all-district honoree (Michael Volovic) and 10 Sunshine State Conference Commissioner's Honor Roll recipients.
Florida Southern is one of just two SSC squads to earn an NABC Team Academic Excellence Award this year, joining conference rival Rollins.
In order to earn an 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 2016-17 season.
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.