TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) – Five Florida State Men’s Basketball players – David Nichols, Trent Forrest, Harrison Prieto, Will Miles and Justin Lindner – have been named to the 2019 NABC Academic Honors Court. The Honors Court recognizes men’s college basketball student-athletes who excelled in the class room during the 2018-19 academic year. The Seminoles are one of four ACC teams, and the only ACC team with more than two honorees, to have players named to the Honors Court.
It marks the third consecutive season at least one Seminole has been named to the NABC Academic Honors Court.
With nine players named to the ACC Academic Honor Roll, five named to the NABC Academic Court and two named to the All-ACC Academic Men’s Basketball team, the Seminoles under Head Coach Leonard Hamilton are currently enjoying a period of unprecedented academic success. A total of nine different players have been named to at least one academic recognition list in 2019.
“Our team has been recognized nationally, within our conference and by our university for their academic success,” said Hamilton. “We had six different players earn Dean’s List honors in the last year and nine named to the ACC Academic Honor Roll. We are very proud of our guys and their academic performance. We hold our guys to a high standard both on and off the court, and we know all of our players work hard to be great student-athletes.”
Nichols, who will graduate with his Master’s Degree in Sport Management on August 2, has been recognized throughout his academic career both at Florida State and the University of Albany. Among his many America East conference academic honors during the first three seasons of his career included being named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District I Team in 2017, earning the distinction of being named the 2017 America East Winter Scholar-Athlete for the sport of men’s basketball and earning Dean’s List honors in of each of his six semesters at the school. Nichols was named to the ACC Academic Honor Roll, the ACC Academic Men’s Basketball team and the NABC Honors Court in his only season at Florida State (2019). He spent one season at Florida State after graduating in three years with academic honors from Albany and spending one season as a graduate transfer at Florida State.
Forrest, will start as Florida State’s point guard for the second consecutive year during 2019-20 season, is already one of the most academically recognized players in school history. He has been named to the Florida State Dean’s List twice and been named to the ACC Academic Honor Roll and the ACC Academic Men’s Basketball team three times. Forrest will warn his bachelor’s degree in Sport Management and begin work on his Master’s Degree this fall.
Prieto, Miles and Lindner have been three of Florida State’s most consistent performers – both on and off the court – since they became members of the Seminoles’ basketball team. All three have been members of the last three Seminoles teams who have advanced to the NCAA Tournament as well as the last three ACC Academic Honors Rolls (2017, 2018 and 2019).
All five Seminoles who were named to the 2019 NABC Honors Court played important roles in Florida State’s success on the court this past season. The Seminoles won a school-record 29 games, a school-record 13 ACC games, finished fourth in the ACC standings, played in the ACC Tournament Championship game for the third time in school history and advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament.
To be named to the NABC Honors Court, a student must have junior or senior class academic standing, have a cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or higher and have been at his current institution for at least one season.