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D'Youville Men's Basketball Named a 2016-17 NABC Team Academic Excellence Award Recipent

D'Youville Men's Basketball Named a 2016-17 NABC Team Academic Excellence Award Recipent

Buffalo, NY - The D'Youville men's basketball team earned yet another honor for their outstanding accomplishments in the classroom as the team was selected as part of the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Team Academic Excellence Awards.

D'Youville was one of 217 men's basketball team in the country that qualified for the NABC's fifth annual Team Academic Excellent Award. In order to be eligible, the team must have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher for the duration of the 2016-17 season.

"I am proud of the commitment these men have shown both academically and athletically," said seven-year head coach Earl Schunk. "Division III athletes have to manage their time and commit to hard work in the classroom and on the court. To have achieved this honor four consecutive years shows that we have true student-athletes here at D'Youville."

This award was not the first for the men this season that acknowledged their efforts off the basketball court. The team earned the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC) Peak Peformer Award for men's basketball in April of the season for recording the highest cumulative GPA amongst all AMCC men's basketball programs. Their 3.378 GPA was the highest amongst the other nine AMCC schools. 

At the end of the year athletics banquet in May, sophomore forward Will VanAuken (Caledonia, NY/Caledonia-Mumford) was named Co-Male Student-Athlete of the Year for recording a 4.0 GPA.

The NABC was founded in 1927 by former University of Kansas Coach, Phog Allen. To date, the NABC has close to 5,000 members.

The full release will all of the team's earned Academic Excellence Awards can be found here.