KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The William and Mary men’s basketball team garnered recognition from the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) for its success in the classroom. The Tribe ranked among the NCAA Division I leaders placing five players on the NABC Honors Court, recognizing collegiate basketball student-athletes who excelled in academics during the 2013-14 season. 2014 graduates Brandon Britt, Kyle Gaillard, Tim Rusthoven and Ben Whitlatch as well as junior Tom Schalk were selected to the Honors Court.
The NABC Honors Court recognizes the talents and gifts that these men possess off the court, and the hard work they exhibit in the classroom. In order to be named to the Honors Court, a student-athlete must meet a high standard of academic criteria. The qualifications are as follows: 1) Academically a junior or senior and a varsity player; 2) Cumulative G.P.A. of 3.2 or higher at the conclusion of the 2012-13 academic year; 3) Students must have matriculated at least one year at their current institution; and 4) Member of an NCAA Division I, II, III, or NAIA Division I or II institution. A record number 894 student-athletes from 338 colleges and universities earned NABC Honors Court distinction.
W&M’s one of five Division I programs with five or more Honors Court choices, which ranked second nationally in Division I behind only Utah Valley’s six honorees. The Tribe was among 47 teams across all Divisions to have at least five Honors Court selections, and its five honorees ranked 26th nationally regardless of division. The Tribe topped the CAA in Honors Court picks as it had five of the conference’s 11 honorees.
Britt, a business marketing major, Gaillard, a business finance major, and Rusthoven, a finance and marketing major, were CAA All-Academic First Team selections this past year. Gaillard was honored as the CAA Scholar-Athlete of the Year for men’s basketball in 2013, while Rusthoven picked up the accolade in 2014 and was recognized as the CAA’s Dean Ehlers Leadership Award winner. Whitlatch, a marketing and public policy major, NABC Honors Court distinction for the second straight season, while Schalk, a business accounting major, is a three-time W&M Provost Award winner.
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 www.nabc.org.