State earns NABC team academic excellence award

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Texas State Men's Basketball

Texas State’s men’s basketball got it done both on and off the court this season.

Wednesday afternoon the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) announced that for the first time in program history, Texas State was recognized for achieving a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher for the 2016-2017 academic year.

The Team Academic Excellence Award is earned after the NCAA, NAIA and NJCAA count the GPAs of all male student-athletes who competed during the season.

Texas State was the only Sun Belt Conference school honored with the award and one of eight from Texas, but only one of three Division I programs along with Texas A&M and Rice.

Both rising senior forward Deris Duncan and former guard, current Texas Lutheran player, Nate Josephs led the team with 4.0 GPAs. Both players were “Cream of the Crop” recipients back in May during the Oak Farms Daily Athletics Academic Awards ceremony.

The NABC was organized in 1927 by Phog Allen, the legendary Kansas head coach and a student under John Naismith, the inventor of basketball. It’s intended to use coaches as “Guardians of the Game.”

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