KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Bemidji State University men’s basketball was represented on the 2017-18 National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) as senior guard Christian Pekarek earned his second selection to the list. Pekarek continued a tradition of 11 years that a student-athlete from the Beaver Men’s Basketball program has been honored by the NABC.
Pekarek, a Little Falls, Minn., native, finished his degree in math education and graduated from Bemidji State in May 2018. He started all 28 games during the 2017-18 season for BSU, averaging 10.1 points and 4.3 assists per game. Pekarek shot 39.8 percent from the field and 39.0 percent from 3-point range while setting single-game career highs in points (27), assists (10), steals (5) and minutes (45) during his final season.
In order to be named to the NABC Honors Court, a student-athlete must meet a high standard of academic criteria. The qualifications are as follows:
- Academically a junior or senior and a varsity player.
- Cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.2 or higher at the conclusion of the 2015-16 academic year.
- Students must have matriculated at least one year at their current institution.
- Member of a NCAA Division I, II, III, or NAIA Division I or II institution with a NABC member coach.
BSU has totaled eight student-athletes on the NABC Honors Court under head coach Mike Boschee and has a player named to the list every season since 2007-08.
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).