Men's Basketball Receives NABC Team Academic Excellence Award

HAMDEN, Conn. – The Quinnipiac University men's basketball team received the Team Academic Excellence Award from the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) as announced by the committee on Wednesday, July 23, 2014.

This news comes one day after three Bobcats – seniors Zaid Hearst (Bethesda, Md.), Justin Harris (Paterson, N.J.) and Emanuel Binyam (Rockville, Md.) – were named to the NABC Honors Court for outstanding academic achievement. As a team, Quinnipiac boasted a 3.156 grade point average with 11 players eclipsing the 3.0 mark and seven receiving a 3.5 or better.

"On behalf of everyone in our men's basketball program, we are very proud to receive the NABC Team Academic Excellence Award," head coach Tom Moore said. "Our student-athletes did a great job in the classroom last year while also winning 20 games and qualifying for national postseason play for the fourth time in five years. Much of the credit for this award should go to Alyssa Budkofsky for her outstanding work in mentoring our guys and creating such a strong academic culture in our program."

Created by the NABC Committee on Academics, the Team Academic Excellence Award recognizes superior academic achievement by a team with a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or better for the 2013-14 season.

In order to earn a NABC Team Academic Excellence Award, an institution must count the grade point averages of all men's student-athletes competing during the 2013-14 season in NCAA Division I, II, III, and NAIA Division I and II. Quinnipiac was one of some 25 NCAA Division I teams to be recognized and the only team from the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) represented on the list.

In the annual MAAC All-Academic release, three Quinnipiac men's basketball players – Umar Shannon (Atlantic City, N.J.), Zaid Hearst (Bethesda, Md.) and Emanuel Binyam (Rockville, Md.) – were each recognized for their academic achievements.

@NABC1927 invites you to share the success of these student-athletes using #NABC #TEAMEXCELLENCE.

The Quinnipiac University men's basketball team kicks off the 2014-15 campaign on Friday, November 14, 2014 against cross-town rival Yale in the sixth annual Connecticut 6 Classic at the TD Bank Sports Center in Hamden.

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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