KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Franklin College men's basketball team collected a 2016-17 National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Team Academic Excellence Award, as was announced by the organization this week. This is the fifth consecutive year the NABC has recognized teams from Division I, II, III, the NAIA and the NJCAA for their successes in the classroom.
The award recognizes those teams from around the country that finish with a 3.0 grade point average or higher for the 2016-17 academic year. In order to earn an NABC Team Academic Excellence Award, institutions in the NCAA, NAIA and NJCAA must count the grade point averages of all student-athletes who competed during the 2016-17 season.
It marks the third time that the Grizzlies have the collected the NABC's annual honor. The Grizzlies previously earned the award in 2013-14 and 2014-15.
About the National Association of Basketball Coaches Association
Located in Kansas City, Missouri, the NABC was founded in 1927 by Forrest "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 has 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. Additional information about the NABC, its programs and membership, can be found at www.nabc.org.