Liberty Receives NABC Academic Honors
The National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) today announced the 2021-22 NABC Team Academic Excellence Awards, which included Liberty men’s basketball. Liberty is one of two schools in the ASUN Conference to receive this award this season, joining Lipscomb. This past season, Liberty basketball posted a 3.14 grade point average (GPA).
In addition, the NABC announced on Tuesday the members of the 2021-22 Honors Court, which features four Liberty players in Stephen Burggraf, Gabriel McKay, Shiloh Robinson and Kyle Rode. The NABC Honors Court highlights the talents and gifts that these men possess on the court and the hard work they exhibit in the classroom.
“These awards are a symbol of what we strive for in our basketball program,” said head coach Ritchie McKay. “The same passion that our players displayed on the court is the same work ethic they show in the classroom. This award wouldn’t be possible without Kristie Beitz and the rest of our academic staff.”
The NABC Team Academic Excellence award recognizes outstanding academic achievement by a team with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better for the 2021-22 season. To earn a NABC Team Academic Excellence Award, institutions in the NCAA, NAIA and Two-Year Colleges must count the grade point averages of all men’s student-athletes on the basketball roster during the 2021-22 season. This is the fourth straight year that Liberty has received the NABC Team Academic Award.
Stephen Burggraf, Gabriel McKay, Shiloh Robinson and Kyle Rode receive Honors Court distinction for being a junior or senior and having a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.2 or higher during the conclusion of the academic year. Liberty is one of three schools in the ASUN Conference to have players make the NABC Honors Court, along with FGCU and Lipscomb.
2021-22 NABC Honors Court
Stephen Burggraf: Exercise Science (3.33 GPA)
Gabriel McKay: Sport Management (3.50 GPA)
Shiloh Robinson: Sport Management (3.61 GPA)
Kyle Rode: Information Systems (3.58 GPA)