NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) on July 18 announced the 2016–17 NABC Honors Court, including three Bethel College players.
The Honors Court recognizes men’s collegiate basketball student-athletes who excelled in academics during the past season, taking into account talents and gifts the students exhibit off the court and their hard work in the classroom.
Bethel student-athletes are Jacob Miller, 2017 graduate from Westmoreland, Chase Banister, senior from Douglass, and Tanner Long, junior from Salina.
To be named to the Honors Court, a student-athlete must meet these qualifications: be academically a junior or senior and a varsity player; have a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher at the end of the academic year; have completed at least one year at their current institution; and be a member of an NCAA Division I, II, III, or NAIA Division I or II institution with a NABC member coach.
These are Bethel’s first NABC Honors Court inductees since it was established in 2007.
The NABC, with headquarters in Kansas City, Missouri, 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, primarily university and college men’s basketball coaches. All members of the NABC are expected to uphold “guardian of the game core values” 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 are advocacy, leadership, service and education. For additional information about the NABC, its programs and membership, see www.nabc.org.