KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Three students-athletes from the Bemidji State University men’s basketball program were recognized for their academic success after being named to the 2018-19 National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Honors Court. As a team, the Beavers finished with a 3.341 team GPA to earn the NABC Team Academic Excellence Award.
Junior guard Allen Anderson, sophomore forward Zach Baumgartner and junior Jacob McNallan each finished the 2018-19 season with cumulative GPAs above 3.2 and are academically a junior or senior. Anderson, Baumgartner and McNallan became the program’s first trio to earn the honor since 2015-16 when three Beavers (DJ Anderson, Ben Best and Shane White) were also selected to the list. BSU has totaled 15 selections to the NABC Honors Court in seven seasons under head coach Mike Boschee and has been represented on the list every season since 2007-08.
For the second consecutive season, Bemidji State earned the NABC Team Academic Excellence Award. The Beavers maintained a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better, counted among all men’s basketball student-athletes, during the 2018-19 season to earn the honor.
The 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 the 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).