KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) today announced the 2017-18 NABC Honors Court, recognizing those men's collegiate basketball student-athletes who excelled in academics during the past 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.
In order to be named to the Honors Court, a student-athlete must meet a high standard of academic criteria. The qualifications are as follows:
1. Academically a junior or senior and a varsity player.
2. Cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.2 or higher at the conclusion of the 2017-18 academic year.
3. Students must have matriculated at least one year at their current institution.
4. Member of a NCAA Division I, II, III, or NAIA Division I or II institution with a NABC member coach.
Maryville College rising senior, Dante Hoppa was named to this prestigious list. Hoppa, a native of Naples, Florida, finished his junior season leading the Scots to USA South regular season and tournament titles as well as the program's 19th trip to the NCAA post-season.
Head Coach Randy Lambert has this to say about his standout accounting/finance major. "Dante is a real pleasure to coach. He is a self-motivated young man and a leader on our team. He has standards on the floor and in the classroom and he holds himself accountable in everything he does."
Hoppa, an All-USA South Honorable Mention honoree, averaged 12.7 points per game and 5.1 rebounds per contest before finishing his junior campaign being named the MVP of the 2018 USA South tournament.
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.