Clarksville, Ark.-Senior basketball players Dylan Ballard and Marcus Bobb were named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches Honors Court, it was announced last week.
The NABC Honors Court recognizes those collegiate basketball student-athletes who excelled in academics during the 2012-13 season. In order to be named to the Honors Court, a student-athlete must meet a high standard of academic criteria, including maintaining a cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or higher at the conclusion of the 2012-2013 academic year. Additionally, the student-athlete must be a junior or senior and a varsity player, must have matriculated at least one year at their current institution and be a member of an NCAA Division I, II, III, or NAIA Division I or II institution.
Ballard, a native of Ponder, Texas, is a physical education major and a four-year letterman. Bobb, a native of Ponder, Texas, is a marketing and Spanish major and a three-year letterman. Both were members of the American Southwest Conference All-Academic Team.
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.