St. Louis, Mo., July 23, 2014 – The Washington University in St. Louis men's basketball team was honored by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Wednesday with the Team Academic Excellence Award, created by the NABC Committee on Academics. This marks the second straight season the Bears have earned the honor.
Washington U. was one of 126 colleges and universities selected for this honor, and one of six (Carnegie Mellon, Case Western Reserve, Chicago, Emory, Rochester, Washington U.) honored from the University Athletic Association (UAA).
These awards recognize outstanding academic achievement by a team with a cumulative 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 GPAs of all men's student-athletes competing during the 2013-14 season in NCAA Division I, II, III, and NAIA Division I and II. Washington University had a cumulative GPA of 3.17 for the 2013-14 school year.
Washington U. had four student-athletes named to the NABC Honors Court on Monday: junior forward Nick Burt, senior forward Chris Klimek, junior forward Matt Palucki and senior center Will Patt.
Washington University finished the 2013-14 season with a 24-3 overall mark and won the UAA Championship with a 14-0 record. The Bears also made an appearance in the second round of the NCAA Tournament for the third straight year. Washington U. ended the season ranked No. 6 in the D3hoops.com Top-25 Poll.