Men’s Basketball Earns NABC Team Academic Award
The National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) today announced the 2020-21 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 FGCU. This past season, Liberty basketball posted a 3.24 grade point average (3.24).
"This award is a symbol of what we strive for in our basketball program," head coach Ritchie McKay said. "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."
These awards, earned by 223 teams, recognize outstanding academic achievement by a team with a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or better for the 2020-21 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 2020-21 season.
The team achievement comes a day after four players were also named to the NABC Honors Court as Tytist Dean, Blake Preston, Josh Price and Colton Reed received the honor. This is the third straight year that Liberty has received the NABC Team Academic Award.