KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Two members of the University of Rio Grande men’s basketball team were among those recently named to the 2014-15 National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Honors Court.
Evan Legg, a senior guard from Piketon, Ohio and Travis Elliott, a senior guard/forward from Ironton, Ohio were among the record number 1,000 student-athletes from more than 350 colleges and universities who were recognized.
The NABC Honors Court recognizes men’s collegiate basketball student-athletes who excelled in academics during the past season, honoring the talents and gifts that these men possess off the court and the hard work they exhibit in the classroom.
In order to be named to the Honors Court, student-athletes must meet a high standard of academic criteria. The qualifications include being a junior or senior academically, as well as being a varsity player; having a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.2 or higher at the conclusion of the 2014-15 academic year; matriculating at least one year at their current institution; playing at a member institution of NCAA Divisions I, II or III or NAIA Divisions I or II with a coach who is an NABC member.
Legg, an Information Technology major, and Elliott – an Education major – are both making their second straight appearance on the list.
Additionally, the entire Rio Grande men’s basketball team was among the 175 programs recognized by the NABC with its Team Academic Excellence Award.
In order to be eligible for the award, teams must be a member institution of NCAA Divisions I, II or III or NAIA Divisions I or II with a coach who is an NABC member and have a grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher among all of the student-athletes who competed during the 2014-15 academic year.
The RedStorm’s team GPA was 3.10.
Randy Payton is the Sports Information Director at the University of Rio Grande.