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Butler Bulldogs Among 26 Division I Programs to Receive NABC Team Academic Excellence Award

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – The Butler men’s basketball program has been recognized by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) with a Team Academic Excellence Award for the 2015-16 season. These awards recognize outstanding academic achievement by a team with a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or better for the 2015-16 season.

Out of the 351 NCAA Division I men’s basketball programs, the Butler Bulldogs are one of the 26  programs to receive the honor. Butler and Seton Hall were the only BIG EAST Conference recipients among the conference’s 10 institutions. A full list of NABC Team Academic Excellence Award winners can be found below.

“Butler is a strong academic institution, and our administration, staff and student-athletes take great pride in that,” said coach Chris Holtmann. “We make it a priority to recruit young men who appreciate the academic opportunities and responsibilities that come with a Butler education. Our academic support staff here, led by Sonya Hopkins, is outstanding, and they deserve a lot of credit for their efforts. I’m proud of the team’s academic performance last season and the work our guys put in to be successful in the classroom.”

In order to earn a NABC Team Academic Excellence Award, institutions in NCAA Division I, II, III, and NAIA Division I and II, must count the grade point averages of all men’s student-athletes who competed during the 2015-16 season.

Photo: Butler Athletics/Butler Bulldogs
Photo: Butler Athletics/Butler Bulldogs

Earlier in the week, senior guards Steven Bennett and Trey Pettus were recognized as members of the 2015-16 National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Honors Court for achieving at least a 3.2 GPA for the academic year as a junior or senior.

The 26 NCAA Division I men’s basketball programs to receive the NABC Team Academic Excellence Award for the 2015-16 season:

American University
Belmont University
Bethune-Cookman University
Bradley University
Butler University
University of Denver
Duke University
Eastern Washington University
Harvard University
The College of the Holy Cross
University of Louisville
University of Nebraska Omaha
University of New Mexico
North Dakota State University
Northwestern University
Northwestern State University
University of Oklahoma
Quinnipiac University
Rice University
Seton Hall University
University of South Carolina
University of Toledo
Utah Valley University
Vanderbilt University
UW-Milwaukee
Yale University

About the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC)
Located in Kansas City, Missouri, the NABC 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 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. For additional information about the NABC, its programs and membership, go to www.nabc.org.

Chris Fultz is a senior writer for the Indiana Sports Report and is recognized as an accredited member of the media by Butler Athletics and has full media access. Follow @CafultzISR and the @IndySportsRep on Twitter.

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