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Washington Receives NABC Team Academic Excellence Award

Washington Receives NABC Team Academic Excellence Award

From Washington University Athletics

The Washington University in St. Louis men's basketball team was honored by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) with the Team Academic Excellence Award, created by the NABC Committee on Academics.

This marks the third-straight season the Bears have earned the honor.

WashU was one of more than 350 colleges and universities selected for this honor, and one of seven (Carnegie Mellon, Case Western Reserve, Chicago, Emory, New York, Rochester) honored from the University Athletic Association (UAA).

These awards recognize outstanding academic achievement by a team with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better for the 2014-15 season. In order to earn a NABC Team Academic Excellence Award, an institution must count the GPAs of all men's student-athletes competing during the 2014-15 season. WashU had a cumulative GPA of 3.24 for the 2014-15 school year.

In addition, WashU had six student-athletes named to the NABC Honors Court: senior Nick Burt, junior Clinton Hooks, senior Matt Palucki and juniors Luke Silverman-Lloyd, Mitch Styczynski and Brandon Staffeil.

In order to be named to the Honors Court, a student-athlete must be academically a junior or senior and have a cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or higher at the conclusion of the 2014-15 academic year.

WashU finished the 2014-15 season with a 20-6 overall mark and a second-place finish in the University Athletic Association (UAA) with a 9-5 mark. The Bears also made an appearance in the NCAA Tournament for the fourth-straight year and seventh time in the last eight years.