Three Men’s Basketball Student-Athletes Named to NABC Honors Court
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Three University of Akron men's basketball players, including Kyle Petersen, C.J. Oldham and Brian Walsh, were named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Honors Court, the association announced on Tuesday.
The NABC Honors Court recognizes those collegiate basketball student-athletes who excelled in academics during the 2011-12 season. The NABC Honors Court recognizes the talents and gifts that these men possess off the court, and the hard work they exhibit in the classroom.
Walsh, a junior guard, graduated in May with his degree in business with a 3.369 GPA. He will pursue his masters in business administration this fall. In 34 games, he made 27 starts and averaged 8.3 points, 3.9 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 0.9 steals and a 1.1 assist-to-turnover ratio per game. He finished second in the Mid-American Conference in 3-point percentage (.434), including the top 3-point percentage mark during MAC play (.442) and made at least one 3-point bucket in 26 games. He was also named Academic All-MAC.
Oldham made nine appearances last season, his first collegiate point courtesy of a 3-point bucket at West Virginia (Nov. 28). He is a mechanical engineering major with a 3.250 GPA.
Petersen, a four-year letterwinner, graduated with a degree in biology and carried a 3.767 GPA. He helped the Zips to 92 wins over his career, tied for fourth-most in program history. He appeared in seven games last season.
In order to be named to the Honors Court, an athlete must meet a high standard of academic criteria. To be eligible, a student-athlete must be: a varisty player and a junior or academically; have a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.2 or higher; and must have been at their current institution for at least one year.
Akron led the MAC with three student-athletes named to the list. Western Michigan was the only other program with student-athletes listed with two.
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.