KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) announced the eighth annual Team Academic Excellence Awards, created by the NABC Committee on Academics. The New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) had two institutions earn the honor, as Mitchell College and New England College were two of the 314 programs recognized.
The award recognizes outstanding academic achievement by a team with a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or better for the 2019-20 season. The Mariners earned the award for the second straight year, while New England College recieved the award for the first time in program history.
In order to earn a NABC Team Academic Excellence Award, institutions in the NCAA, NAIA and NJCAA must count the grade point averages of all men's student-athletes who competed during the 2019-20 season.
Earlier in the week, the Mariners also had seven student-athletes named to the 2019-20 NABC Honors Court, recognizing those men's collegiate basketball student-athletes who excelled in academics during the past season.
Matt Finke (Wolcott, Conn./Wolcott) earned the honor for the second time in his career while Elijah Baidoo (Stockton, Calif./Bear Creek), Malik Chase (Providence, R.I./Classical), Julius Hemingway (Orlando, Fla./Liberty), Connel Henderson (Old Saybrook, Conn./Old Saybrook), Brendan Miller (Tampa, Fla./Newsome) and Tyler Peretz (Waterford, Conn./Waterford) were first-time recipients. To be eligible for the award a student-athlete must be either a junior or senior academically and have maintained a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher.
ABOUT THE NECC
The NECC began competition in the 2008-09 academic year and current member institutions compete across 16 sports. The NECC membership focuses on providing athletic competition among institutions that share similar academic aspirations and are committed to the importance of the total educational experience for students engaged in sport. Bay Path University, Becker College, Eastern Nazarene College, Elms College, Lesley University, Mitchell College and New England College are the conference’s current members. For more information, please visit neccathletics.com.
(Portions of this release courtesy of Mitchell and New England College Sports Information)