KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Three Bemidji State University men’s basketball student-athletes were recognized for their academic success as the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) announced the 2015-16 NABC Honors Court today. Guard D.J. Anderson and forwards Ben Best and Shane White were three of over 650 student-athletes honored for their hard work exhibited in the classroom.
Anderson, a senior native of Las Vegas, Nev., was named to the list for the second time in two opportunities. He finished his Bemidji State career with a 3.33 GPA in sports management. Best, a junior native of Drummond, Wis., and White, a junior native of Rhinelander, Wis., made the list during their first year of eligibility for the NABC Honors Court. Best enters his senior season with a 3.27 GPA in business administration and White enters his senior year with a 3.97 GPA in chemistry.
The trio matches the total previous recipients of the award under head coach Mike Boschee. Prior to Anderson’s selection to the list in 2014-15, Jake Schalow and Brock Tesdahl were recognized on the 2013-14 list.
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 2015-16 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.
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.
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).