KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Bemidji State University guard D.J. Anderson has been honored by the National Association of Basketball Coaches for academic success. Anderson is a part of record 1,000 student-athletes from 350 colleges and universities honored as members of the NABC’s annual Honors Court, recognizing the talents and gifts of collegiate student-athletes off the court and the hard work they exhibit in the classroom.
The senior marks the third NABC Honors Court recipient under current head Coach Mike Boschee. He follows Jake Schalow and Brock Tesdahl, who were recognized following the 2013-14 season.
Anderson, a sport management major, finished the 2014-15 season averaging 8.0 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 26 games played as one of BSU’s top reserves. He recorded the best game of his BSU career in a 87-80 victory over Wayne State College Dec. 13, netting 15 points on 5-of-7 from the field and 4-of-4 from the line, with three rebounds, five steals and two assist.
A transfer from Southwestern Oregon Community College for his junior season, Anderson was named to the First Team All-Region and First Team All-Defensive teams in 2013-14. He posted an average of 18.38 points, 4.90 assists and 2.07 steals per game during his junior college career.
In order to be named to the Honors Court, a student-athlete must meet a high standard of academic criteria which includes: being a junior or senior member of a varsity program; must have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.2 or higher at the conclusion of the 2014-15 academic year; must have matriculated at least one year at their current institution; and must attend an NCAA Division I, II, III, or NAIA Division I or II institution with a coach who carries a current NABC membership.
The National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) is located in Kansas City, Mo., and 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 claims 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.
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Nestled in Northern Minnesota’s wooded region and located on the shore of Lake Bemidji, Bemidji State University sponsors 15 varsity athletic programs with NCAA Division I men’s and women’s hockey membership in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, while its 13 NCAA Division II programs hold membership in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).