INDIANAPOLIS, IN –Steven Bennett and Trey Pettus, two senior guards for the Butler Bulldogs, were recognized as members of the 2015-16 National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Honors Court, as announced by the NABC Tuesday, July 26.
The NABC Honors Court recognizes those men’s collegiate basketball student-athletes who excelled in academics during the past season. To qualify, a student-athlete must be a junior or senior in academic status and have a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher at the conclusion of the 2015-16 academic year.
“Steve and Trey provide leadership and are selfless members of our team,” said Butler head coach Chris Holtmann. “Both of these young men make academics a priority and work very hard in the classroom, just as they do on the court. It’s great to see that hard work pay off with this honor. We have several older players who have accomplished a lot academically and just missed the 3.2 GPA cut-off, and have younger players on our team who will hopefully receive this recognition in future years.”
Bennett, a chemistry major from New Castle, Ind., enters his fourth season on the Butler roster. He appeared in 13 games during the 2015-16 season and scored a total of nine points on in a career high 50 minutes. All nine points came on three three-pointers. Bennett finished the season 3-of-10 from deep.
Pettus enters his third season on the Butler roster after earning a walk-on spot leading into his sophomore year at Butler. The actuarial science major saw action in 10 games a season ago. Pettus finished with eight points on the season over a career high 41 minutes.
The Butler men’s basketball team posted a 3.08 GPA for the 2015-16 academic year.
Head coach Chris Holtmann enters his third season on the Butler sidelines after leading the Bulldogs to the second round of the NCAA Tournament in each of his first two seasons in Indianapolis. The 2016-17 Bulldogs return three starters from last season’s team that finished the 2015-16 campaign with a 22-11 record. The Bulldogs also add a recruiting class ranked in the Top 25 by several outlets. The Bulldogs’ 79.9 points per game ranked in the Top 25 nationally.
Season tickets for the 2016-17 campaign are available through Butler’s Ticket Office at (317) 940-9390. The 2016-17 season begins with an exhibition against Wabash Saturday, Oct. 29.
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